Paul W.S. Anderson wants to play with more video game franchises

Paul W.S. Anderson’s name is pretty synonymous with a few things: He loves fantastical action, his wife, Milla Jovovich, will be in most of is films, and they both love video games. So much so that he’s kind of made a name for himself in video game adaptations. His 1995 MORTAL KOMBAT has a following to this day, and his take on Capcom’s RESIDENT EVIL, a film franchise on its own, is closing in on the $1 billion mark. Now that the final film in that series, RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER is releasing in just a few short months, Anderson is announcing his next project and believe it or not, it’s another game adaptation.

(L to R)Eoin Macken. Milla Jovovich, Paul W. S. Anderson, Ali Larter, William Levy - blackfilm.com (via Google Images)
(L to R) Eoin Macken. Milla Jovovich, Paul W. S. Anderson, Ali Larter, William Levy – blackfilm.com (via Google Images)

According to joblo.com, Anderson wants to direct another Capcom property, this time MONSTER HUNTER. Originally for the PlayStation 2, the fantasy role-playing game has been very popular in Japan, and the franchise spread to include the PC, iOS, Xbox, and the Wii U and has entered the anime arena.

In the game, players take on quests to kill different monsters. So MONSTER HUNTER isn’t just a clever name. Play time is spent between managing items and equipment in villages, and then taking jobs to protect those villages.

Joblo.com lists the logline as:

“For every Monster, there is a Hero. An ordinary man in a dead end job discovers that he is actually the descendant of an ancient hero. He must travel to a mystical world to train to become a Monster Hunter, before the mythical creatures from that world destroy ours.”

Paul W.S. Anderson - geeksofdoom.com (via Google Images)
Paul W.S. Anderson – geeksofdoom.com (via Google Images)

This actually sounds like something that Paul W.S. Anderson can tackle. He’s proven time and again that he can handle big action sequences, all you have to do is view his RESIDENT EVIL entries, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, and DEATH RACE as examples. And he’s shown he can create big, spectacular monsters. The question remains if he’ll use Milla Jovovich as the monster hunter or give someone else a go at it.

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Given the game’s story, the possibilities are endless for characters, setting, and storylines. Given how much he loves the games he adapts, I’m sure he’ll have it all put together soon. Anderson seems to be immune from the plague that infects most video game adaptations, most recently with Warcraft. With ASSASSIN’s creed a month away, I would imagine the studios will be looking to its success in order to decide how much support to give on this project.

Until then, we’ll keep looking out for news on MONSTER HUNTER. Are you ready for Anderson tackling another game franchise? Would you like to see something else from the director?

And you know we gotta do it. It’s a must! Feel free to sing along cause you know you will …

 

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