Must be nice, in such an unstable career as acting, to have a guaranteed pipeline of work. Many directors have a favored actor, almost like a good luck charm, for instance Christopher Nolan with Michael Caine. In the case of Milla Jovovich though, she has a director who literally cannot say “No!” to her if he wants to maintain any semblance of a peaceful home life in the shape of her husband, Paul W. S. Anderson.
Working together they turned Resident Evil into the highest grossing video-game adaption franchise to date. Anderson also have video game adaption form outside this as the man behind 1995’s Mortal Kombat.
Now he is going at gaming a third time, and taking his wife with him. They are teaming up again on the upcoming Monster Hunter, based on Capcom’s blockbuster game series.
Jovovich stars the leader of a UN military team. When she is transported to another realm by a mysterious portal she finds a world populated by monsters. There she teams up with the Hunter (Tony Jaa) to make sure the portal to Earth stays closed to prevent the monsters getting through. Ron Perlman, Diego Boneta and one who has chosen to call himself “TI” co-star.
In the release schedule shuffle caused by COVID it was moved back from September 2020 to April 2021. Anderson says the movie is entirely complete:
“The movie is 100 percent finished. We were supposed to be releasing it on Labor Day weekend but we pushed it into 2021, but it’s completely done. So it’s coming out April 23 of next year. For me, it’s my most favorite movie I’ve ever made. It has a rather unique look to it.
It’s wonderful escapism and when the world starts to right itself and people can go back to theaters, that’s exactly what people will want and need is to escape for a couple of hours into a different realm. And that’s what Monster Hunter has in spades, and that’s why I was so excited to turn it into a movie.”
In a previous interview Anderson said the monsters are 50-60 feet tall and are built with even more detail than the dinosaurs of Jurassic World. Speaking of how they were shot he claimed:
“…they look even better, because we shot on real locations in South Africa and Namibia, which gives the animators something to really match into: real wind, real dust, real sun-flare. The monsters are the only CG thing in there.”
On April 23rd next year we can find out.