Constantine Film’s adaptation of Capcom’s Monster Hunter will begin production this September. The project will re-team Constantine with Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich, director Paul W.S. Anderson, and producer Jeremy Holt.
The Monster Hunter gaming franchise is a series of action RPGs casts the player in the role of Hunter tasked with slaying monsters. The series’ addicting gameplay loop of slaying monsters, crafting gear from their carcasses, and facing increasingly powerful monsters has led to 45 million copies sold since its inception in 2004.
Monster Hunter will be filmed in and around Cape Town, South Africa – just like the box-office hit Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The Toronto-based Mr. X studio will produce the special effects, much like they did with the Resident Evil film franchise.
Constantine is looking to partner up with “a major” Japanese and Chinese company to take equity in the film. Outside of that, the studio will finance the $60 million budget themselves.
Constantine Film, director Paul W.S. Anderson, and actress Milla Jovovich are known for the Resident Evil film franchise, which is based on Capcom’s horror game series. Six films were produced, and they collectively earned $1.233 billion against a collective $290 million budget.
Dutch film producer Martin Moszkowicz commented at Cannes, “Paul has proven over and over he does stylish movies. It’s one of his big strong points. He can make a movie look good, is very much into visuals.”
Moszkowicz added that Monster Hunter is envisioned as a film series, saying, “We are in the business of brand creation.”