We've been waiting a long time for video game movies to have their own Spider-Man-esque moment of awakening. That is, the arrival of a crucial film that legitimizes game-based movies as their own sub-genre of entertainment.
Regretfully, the pictures of tanks and military paraphernalia from the set of Paul W.S. Anderson's Monster Hunter film adaptation indicate the coming of gaming's movie Messiah is not yet here. Back to fasting and praying while we await Detective Pikachu's delivery.
人気ゲームのハリウッド実写映画化「モンスターハンター」撮影現場の画像が公開。モンスターたちが闊歩する異世界に足を踏み入れた国連軍は、現地のハンターの協力を得て窮地を凌ぐことができるのか？「バイオハザード」のポール・W・S・アンダーソン監督。ミラ・ジョヴォヴィッチ出演。 pic.twitter.com/CAbTGGGq5u— 映画情報 オスカーノユクエ (@oscarnoyukue) November 2, 2018
Actor Diego Boneta gave us our earliest glimpse of the Monster Hunter movie last month via his Instagram. One picture features Boneta, who's playing a lead role as "Sergeant Marshall," toting a gun against a desert landscape. Actress Milla Jovovich, who's also playing a lead role in the Monster Hunter film (and stars in some of Anderson's Resident Evil adaptations) recently posted more photos from the Monster Hunter set on her own Instagram (via Kotaku). Though there's one picture of her wielding a Slinger, a weapon from the Monster Hunter games.
The plot for the Monster Hunter movies centers around a UN military team wandering into an alternate dimension overrun with (wait for it) monsters. In this brave new monster world, Jovovich and the rest of the team must partner with a "hunter" (played by actor Tony Jaa) to survive.
Though Team Earth supposedly abandons conventional weaponry for artillery that's recognizable from the Monster Hunter games, it doesn't look like the Monster Hunter film will embrace the series' message of environmental balance and humankind's place in a wild world. It's too bad, because Monster Hunter World has a rich ecosystem that's ripe for exploration. Well, at least next year's Detective Pikachu movie won't be afraid to embrace its weird heritage, for better or worse.