Now, there are a whole lot of monsters out there in the wide, wide world of today's popular culture — but for anyone used to hunting them down in bloody, violent fashion, the cultural landscape has been looking a little arid of late.#GameOfThrones' dragons are cool, after all, but they're also very much (in theory at least) the 'good guys'. Similarly, though #FantasticBeasts features a whole lot of monsters, the movie advocates finding them in order to keep them safe, rather than as part of a murderous scheme to improve the quality of one's armor and weaponry.
In other words: If your approach to pop cultural monsters is largely defined by #Capcom's beloved #MonsterHunter series of games, then the world around you may well be a fairly frustrating place. But fear not, Monster Hunters — it seems as though...
The Monster Hunter Series Is Finally Getting A Movie
At least, Monster Hunter is far closer to getting a movie than it has been in quite some time. Y'see, #ResidentEvil franchise director #PaulWSAnderson recently revealed that he and his producing partner, Jeremy Bolt, are in talks to bring Monster Hunter to the big screen. Indeed, Anderson has apparently already completed a script for the project, and the duo recently unveiled several VFX renderings of the titular monsters, including the one below — in which a Rathalos appears to be taking the existence of LAX as an affront to its very being:
The only problem for dedicated fans of the games? As you might have gathered from the image above, Anderson and Bolt's plans involve changing pretty much everything about the games, short of the basic premise of hunting monsters. Take a look at the film's 'logline' (i.e. a short, pithy synopsis), for instance:
"For every Monster, there is a Hero. An ordinary man in a dead end job discovers that he is actually the descendant of an ancient hero. He must travel to a mystical world to train to become a Monster Hunter, before the mythical creatures from that world destroy ours."
Which, y'know what, sounds like a pretty fun movie — but not all that much like a Monster Hunter movie, seeing as the franchise has long been far more interested in exploring mysterious alien landscapes with a hilariously oversized weapons than watching giant monsters tear up busy US airports. That being said, Anderson's Resident Evil series hasn't exactly been painstakingly faithful to its source material, and most fans seem to have been won over by its over-the-top antics over the past few years.
Could Monster Hunter pull off the same, modestly-budgeted trick, then? Only time will tell...
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In the meantime, though, what do you reckon? Are you up for seeing a Paul W.S. Anderson-directed Monster Hunter movie? Let us know below!