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Monster Hunter movie "currently in planning", says the man behind the Resident Evil and Dead or Alive films. Yay?

Paul W.S. Anderson made the Mortal Kombat (opens in new tab) movie. He also produced the Dead or Alive (opens in new tab) movie, all of the Resident Evil (opens in new tab)movies, and wrote and directed Alien vs. Predator. And now it seems he's in the early stages of development on a Monster Hunter (opens in new tab) adaptation. Excitement cannons on standby.

Speaking at a Japanese press even for the new Resident Evil film, Retribution, Anderson gleefully exclaimed "Recently, I've been loving Monster Hunter! A film conversion is currently in planning". Granted, the translated comments don't explicitly state that Anderson is the one doing the planning, but given that he'd just been asked which game he'd next like to adapt into a movie, the odds point towards this being another Capcom/Anderson project.

Of course, the original 1995 Mortal Kombat movie is the cleverest and most stunningly accurate video game adaptation ever made, in ways you'd probably never even realised (opens in new tab), but while Anderson's seemingly endless work on the Resident Evil movies has turned repeated profits, none of those films has ever been what rational human beings would describe as 'good'. Will his delicate cinematic touch be a good fit for Monster Hunter's picturesque yet savage world? This space. Keep it watched.

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Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.