The Monster Hunter movie adaptation is coming this fall, based on the Capcom property. The film will star Milla Jojovich and Tony Jaa and the film releases on September 4.
Jojovich famously starred in six movies based on Resident Evil, another of Capcom's most popular franchises, between 2002 and 2016. Tony Jaa, meanwhile, is a martial artist and actor who combined his skill sets in the Ong Bak series.
Not much is known about the plot so far, but the early images depict a massive Jawblade sword, indicating the movie will take at least some direct elements from the game series. You can see the movie's early posters, first shared by IGN, below.
In 2018, Capcom released Monster Hunter World to universal acclaim. The series came to PS4 and Xbox One at launch where it garnered a "Mighty" 89 average from 170 critics. It later came to PC and featured one major expansion so far. That expansion, Iceborne, also fared very well - even better than the base game, in fact. Its OpenCritic average today sits at a 90 from 98 reviewers.
Video game movies have historically been poorly received by audiences, critics especially, though the cottage industry of adaptations is on a bit of a hot streak. For two consecutive years, a video game adaptation has released and set box office records. Last year it was Detective Pikachu, the offbeat Pokemon story starring an English-speaking Pikachu voiced by Ryan Reynolds of Deadpool fame.
Just a few weeks ago, Detective Pikachu's record was broken by Sonic The Hedgehog, the once maligned Sega adaptation that became an internet meme when last year's reveal trailer featured a Sonic CG design few enjoyed. It forced the production back into work while the animators heavily tweaked the hero's look and the movie eventually released in on Valentine's Day with a better than average reception for video game movies. Perhaps Monster Hunter can continue the hot streak.
(Photo credit for the posters and the main image of this story go to IGN.)