Paul W.S. Anderson and video game movies go together like spaghetti and meatballs. He gets a lot of stick, but he’s really not bad at all when it comes to this stuff. Sure, the best movie he ever made, Event Horizon, showed that he’s capable of true brilliance and at his best when he’s making straight horror based on an original concept (even if it did rip-off at least five other movies), but for mainstream action-horror fluff he’s probably better than anyone.
Deadline reports that Anderson and his Impact Pictures producing partner Jeremy Holt have turned their attention to IP and Capcom once again to seek seek out a similar-veined, best-selling gaming project – Monster Hunter.
The game is about… well… a monster hunter who must stop mythical creatures from destroying our world. It has all the ingredients for Anderson to work safely within the wheelhouse that’s brought him massive box office success, and us hours of entertainment.
With the Resident Evil franchise set to conclude with the upcoming The Final Chapter, Anderson and Holt want to make Monster Hunter their next big franchise. Smell that money.
“It’s definitely intended to be a franchise because the movie starts in our world and then it goes to the Monster Hunter world and then the final act comes back to our world and it’s basically this epic battle in and around LAX.” Anderson told Deadline. “Then at the end we’re suddenly confronted with the fact that the mythological creatures of our world have come back to wreak vengeance. So we definitely have the second film where that would be planned out.
The Resident Evil flicks have always hit the spot for me. In terms of mindless entertainment, they do a serviceable enough job. So the idea of Anderson helming some monster carnage is exciting news. Most people won’t agree, but they’ll probably secretly enjoy it all the same.