Beasts in MONSTER HUNTER Are More Detailed Than JURASSIC WORLD's Dinos, Paul W.S. Anderson Says
Although we still know next to nothing about Sony's Monster Hunter movie, it sounds like it will at least try to honour the beloved source material, pitting Milla Jovovich's Lieutenant Artemis against gigantic beasts.
According to Monster Hunter director Paul W. S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat), Artemis' deadly opponents will be truly huge, "50-60 feet tall. They're really amazing. We're building them in even more detail than the dinosaurs of Jurassic World," Anderson said in a recent interview with Empire Magazine.
"And 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," he added. Quite surprisingly, Anderson's original take on Monster Hunter will be so realistic that the director basically called his movie "Lawrence of Arabia... but with monsters!"
When it comes to Jovovich's character, her heroin isn't based on any pre-existing character, but it doesn't mean that the actress has no clue about the Capcom-created universe and its lore. To prepare for the role, she actually played a Monster Hunter game — probably Monster Hunter World — and experimented with customisation options to create her own suit of armour that could be brought to life on the big screen.
"I always played the twin blades, because they're fastest," the Resident Evil: The Final Chapter star told Empire. "I experimented with the different weapons during the game and was able to kill more monsters with those blades. I thought they'd look really beautiful in an action sequence."
As a reminder, Monster Hunter was recently delayed by Sony — due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that still shows no signs of slowing down in the Americas — and will now be released on April 23, 2021.
Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new world, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life. In her desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, revolting attacks, Artemis will team up with a mysterious man who has found a way to fight back.
Sony Pictures will release Monster Hunter on April 23, 2021.