“We treated [Capcom] with tremendous respect and earning their trust is one of the reasons for Monster Hunter, being the movie we’ll do next,” said producer Jeremy Bolt in an interview with the publication. “They control the rights, and the game is now bigger for them than Resident Evil.”
Bolt and director Paul W.S. Anderson are releasing their final Resident Evil movie, which is slated for early 2017. According to Deadline, Anderson has also written a first draft for the script. The project is expected to have a $50 million USD budget.
“What I love about Monster Hunter is the incredibly beautiful, immersive world they’ve created,” Anderson said. “It’s on the level of like a Star Wars movie, in terms of world creation. There are no real central characters so it’s a bit like when we first approached Resident Evil and imposed our own characters and story on that world. I think this is a perfect IP for us to do exactly that same thing again.”
Despite being critically panned, Anderson’s Resident Evil movies have been commercial successes. Resident Evil: Retribution – the fifth film in the series – was made for $65 million USD, but it brought in over $240 million USD.
Anderson predicts that the game’s substantial eastern fan base leaves the potential for huge profit.
“[Monster Hunter] is huge, a cultural phenomenon in Japan and it’s giant in China, where it’s an online game that has 15 million paying users,” Anderson added. “If you do the math, the movie could potentially be the biggest of the year in China and Japan, where people line up around the block when new games are released. It has sold 38 million copies so far, which is bigger than Resident Evil was when we started the adaptation of that franchise.”
China is a massive box-office market, and Anderson hopes that the film’s lower age rating (compared to that of Resident Evil) will give it more mass-market appeal.
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