Paul W.S. Anderson recently mentioned that a film adaptation of Monster Hunter is currently in the works, and the Internet is pretty much panicking as a result. We don’t even know if he’s directing it, either.
In an interview about Retribution, which hits Japanese theaters on September 14, Cinema Today asked Anderson what game he would like to next convert to film form. Responded Anderson, “Recently, I’ve been loving Monster Hunter! A film conversion is currently in planning.”
It’s unclear if Anderson is saying that he’s planning the conversion, or if Capcom has partnered with someone for a conversion. It’s also possible that Anderson is saying that he’s thinking up ideas for a movie conversion, but hasn’t received an actual green light for production.
It’s a truly curious quote for various reasons, most of all being the issue that Monster Hunter is far from the first people think of when they’re talking about video games that would translate well to the big screen.
Then again, maybe W.S. Anderson knows something we don’t. Regardless of how the Resident Evil film series has been critically acclaimed (pretty Goddamn poorly), each film still makes a ridiculous amount of money at the box office, as shown in a breakdown of each film since the original 2002 kicker:
- Resident Evil — $33 million budget; $102 million box office gross
- Resident Evil: Apocalypse — $45 million budget; $129 million box office gross
- Resident Evil: Extinction — $45 million budget; $148 million box office gross
- Resident Evil: Afterlife — $60 million budget; $296 million box office gross
If there is a Monster Hunter movie in the works that’s going to be directed, written, or produced by W.S., you can also bet on a few things. There’s going to be a lot of cleavage and/or Milla Jovovich in something skin-tight.