After turning Resident Evil into a zombie blockbuster series, the duo of Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson turn their attention to Monster Hunter. Sony Pictures has unveiled the first official full trailer for the epic big battle movie based on the international video game series of the same name
Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Ron Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.
Check out the first official and international trailer for Monster Hunter below:
The trailer teases first looks at some of the games’ iconic monsters that will inhabit this big-screen adaptation. The Rathalos, a venomous wyvern that breathes fire, has long been a staple of the video games as well as the Diablos (as shown in a previous teaser and both designs are based heavily on their physical appearance in Monster Hunter: World) are on display in this trailer. The trailer also highlights many other callouts to the original games, including weapons like the Giant Jawblade and the Great Hunter’s Bow.
You can also catch a few other glimpses in this exclusive vignette released by Sony as the creators of Monster Hunter share their excitement for bringing the monsters to life on the big screen:
Anderson serves as both the director and co-writer for the epic live-action take on Monster Hunter, with Capcom’s Kaname Fujioka, who also worked on the original video game, getting a writing credit. Anderson is behind the adaptation of Resident Evil as well as the sequels Afterlife, Retribution & The Final Chapter, along with Event Horizon, Soldier, AVP: Alien vs Predator, Death Race, The Three Musketeers, and Pompeii previously. Regardless of how the games’ fans felt about his adaptations, Anderson and Jovovich did turn the RE franchise into a billion-dollar IP, and the films have since garnered a strong little fanbase, often citing how each film in the franchise explored a different genre, oftentimes able to experiment more so than a more protected property with a bigger studio. It’s likely Anderon and Jovovich are looking to bring a bit of that success and know-how to Monster Hunter, and springboard a new feature film franchise.
Check out the poster for the film as well:
Monster Hunter is scheduled for a release on December 30. Though most studios have shifted their premiere plans into 2021 in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Monster Hunter actually moved its release up from April 21, 2021, to Christmas. Go figure.