Last week, actor Milla Jovovich shared the first set images of the Monster Hunter movie, and it’s safe to say that it’s not quite what people were expecting.
The photos – posted to the actor’s Instagram page – didn’t show the fantasy setting fans of the Capcom franchise were hoping for, but instead offered a glimpse at a bunch of modern day soldiers. People swiftly agreed, it didn’t look very much like Monster Hunter.
Mila’s photos of a modern military had a lot of people uncomfortable that director Paul W.S. Anderson – who also directed the Resident Evil films – didn’t seem to have a grasp on what people liked about Monster Hunter.
This live-action version of Monster Hunter will actually be about a a UN military team that ends up in another dimension full of monsters, but a new official image shared by IGN confirms what many speculated; classic elements from the game will indeed make it to the movie, as Jovovich and her modern soliders must learn to use iconic weaponry from the game and save the day.
Take a look at Jovovich and Tony Jaa in action below. As you can see, Jaa looks like he’s come straight from the Monster Hunter game, complete with a Giant Jawblade.
During a phone interview with IGN, Anderson revealed that he sees Jovovich’s character – a solider called Artemis – as the viewer’s way into the world of the movie, almost working in similar way to a video game avatar.
He also spoke of the some of the locations we’ll see in the film, explaining:
We’re going into a much more rocky landscapes as well, we’re getting out of the desert and going much more rocky. There’s a chunk of the movie that’s actually set underground as well, in terrifying caves. There’s a more lush part of the movie, which kind of reflects the kind of lush, more jungle-y look of the Monster Hunter world. And then the climax of the movie takes place around a piece of the Ancient Civilization that’s, it’s kind of referenced many times in the Monster Hunter games.
It’s certainly looking and sounding much more like Monster Hunter now, which should come as a relief to fans who were starting to grow a little sceptical of Anderson’s plans for the film.
Of course, video game to movie adaptations have always been a tricky business, so even if it looks the part, whether Monster Hunter actually turns out genuinely good remains to be seen.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.