With the “Resident Evil” franchise finishing up early next year, the film’s writer/director Paul W.S Anderson and his producing partner Jeremy Bolt are now turning their attention to another potential film franchise based on a video game series.
Their manager Ken Kamins has begun taking meetings with the filmmakers for a two-film adaptation of Capcom’s popular “Monster Hunter” game series. Anderson has penned the first film’s script and concept renderings have already been done according to Deadline.
On top of this, a plan has been worked out with Toronto-based VFX house Mr. X which will allow for each of the films to be done at about the same mid-range $50 million budgets that the “Resident Evil” films cost to make. One difference is tone with the “Monster Hunter” films being a PG-13 action/adventure.
The film will follow an ordinary man in a dead end job who 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.
The games boast everything from dragons interacting in our contemporary world to ship galleons that sail on sand. There’s giant spiders and other creatures as big as city blocks in a game series that’s especially popular in Japan and China – the online version has over 15 million paying users in China alone. The hard copies of the game series have sold 38 million copies so far.
Filming will likely take place in China or South Africa. The six films in the “Resident Evil” series have grossed around $1 billion worldwide.