If you didn't know already, there's a Monster Hunter movie in the works. And if that didn't pique your curiosity enough, then here's the director drawing comparisons between Monster Hunter and Star Wars.
"You’re fighting these giant creatures, some as big as a city block," Paul W.S. Anderson, director of the Resident Evil movie series, explained to Deadline in an interview about the zombie game-to-movie franchise and why Monster Hunter is getting the same treatment.
And according to Anderson, it's because Monster Hunter has a lot of parallels with Star Wars. "There are no real central characters so it’s a bit like when we first approached Resident Evil and imposed our own characters and story on that world," the director explained. "I think this is a perfect IP for us to do exactly that same thing again."
Capcom lifted the lid on the Monster Hunter live action movie at the Tokyo Game Show this year. Monster Hunter has gotten the blockbuster treatment in theme parks too: exhibitions have been showcased at Universal Studios Japan, and Anderson has a pretty good pitch for those who might be concerned.
The central characters are very relatable American characters. You take a person from the ordinary world who thinks they’re in a dead end job, they have no future, they feel like their life’s a failure, it’s going nowhere, like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. It’s about a normal American who gets dragged into this parallel world, this Monster Hunter world. Then eventually the parallel world ends up coming to our world. So you have the creatures from the Monster Hunter world invading our world.
That'll work. If you want to read more about how Anderson plans to turn Monster Hunter into a hit as big as the Resident Evil series was, head over to Deadline. It's a good read.