Seems like out of nowhere an update came that Sony Pictures is making a movie from Capcom’s property, MONSTER HUNTER. Honestly though, not sure why companies continue to pour money into video game adaptions. That’s not to say there’s not rich content to explore in movies… just it hasn’t been done well, at. all. And from the looks of things MONSTER HUNTER is going to continue that tradition.
Admittingly, I’m not familiar with the IP. But poking around the Capcom site, here’s a quick rundown from the latest game…
Battle gigantic monsters in epic locales.
As a hunter, you’ll take on quests to hunt monsters in a variety of habitats.
Take down these monsters and receive materials that you can use to create stronger weapons and armor in order to hunt even more dangerous monsters.
In Monster Hunter: World, the latest installment in the series, you can enjoy the ultimate hunting experience, using everything at your disposal to hunt monsters in a new world teeming with surprises and excitement.
But what about the movie? Well, io9 dropped our first look of the movie, you can check it out below.
Yes, it stars Mila Jovovich. And nothing against her as a person or an actress, but my worry comes in that with a video game adaptation comes the director (and Mila’s husband), Paul W.S. Anderson.
You might remember Anderson directed the first RESIDENT EVIL movie, and continued involvement throughout the franchise. But where my worry that crap video game adaptions will continue with this movie, is that it sounds like Anderson is taking the same approach that he did with RESIDENT EVIL. Basically, Mila’s character is not from the game, just a new character set in the universe.
And honestly, I hate that. I mean I get it. Anderson explained that the decision for RESIDENT EVIL was that he wanted to do something in the universe, but not any one character or story, because he didn’t want the audience to know the whole story going in.
Though I can appreciate that. Come on, this is an adaptation, not you reimaging something. Every book adaptation to movies are held to a faithful translations from it’s fans, and video games shouldn’t be any different. You have the blue print from the game, follow it. It’s like if someone adapted FINAL FANTASY VII, just without Cloud. Just don’t do it.
Being a huge RESIDENT EVIL fan, just never got into Anderson’s movies. Definitely thought they could’ve been so much more than they were.
Even though I’m not familiar with MONSTER HUNTER, for it’s fans, I hope it’s good for you guys to be sure. But at least those familiar with the game, you get your BIG ASS sword! Haha.
No release date has been set for MONSTER HUNTER. But as soon as I know something, I will definitely let you know!