Sony Pictures has announced the December 2020 release date for the Milla Jovovich film ‘Monster Hunter.’ After making major changes to the release calendar, Sony is bringing ‘Monster Hunter’ to theaters on December 30 in the US and December 4 in the UK.
Last week, Sony released a 20-sec teaser (watch above) for the film which shows Milla fighting giant monsters in the middle of a Desert. Sony Pictures moved up Monster Hunter to fill the space created by postponing James Bond's "No Time to Die," which is now hitting the theaters in April 2021. Based on the video game by Capcom, the film was earlier postponed and was supposed to hit the theaters on April 23, 2021.
Sony has also provided us extended plot details for the film.
Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Ron Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.
Director Paul W.S. Anderson joined New York Comic Con’s virtual panel where he talked about his film and gave a sneak peek to an exclusive clip from the film. You can watch the clip at the bottom.
“This really is a long term passion project of mine,” said Anderson. “I’m approaching it not just as a filmmaker, but also as a long term player and a fan of it. So I could feel the pressure to do the world justice in terms of filmmaking. The thing I fell in love with is I fell in love with the creatures and also this amazing world that Capcom had created.”
Monster Hunter is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson with his wife, and Resident Evil star Jovovich taking the lead role as Lt. Artemis and Tony Jaa as the Hunter. Earlier this year, in an interview, Anderson revealed that he and Milla created the protagonist Artemis for the film, and she is not based on any character from the game.
“She’s never played a character like this before,” said Anderson on how Jovovich’s character in Monster Hunter differs from previous roles. “When you play the video game, you play an unnamed Hunter and I wanted to recapture the feeling of when I first played the video game. I came to the game, not knowing anything about it and, as a stranger, I was immersed in this world containing these amazing landscapes and these amazing creatures that would kick my ass. And I thought that should be the film going experience as well. So in many ways, Mila is the avatar for the audience. She’s the newbie going into this world.”
He continues, “Also what’s nice is that it doesn’t exclude anyone because if you don’t know anything about the game, she’s the character who goes, ‘Oh my God, what are these creatures?’ What is this world?’ How does it work?”
“I love Monster Hunter. It was my favorite movie of any movie in my career to make. Just the experience of going out to these incredible landscapes and building a team spirit with the crew and the actors, us against the environment in a way, it was something truly special. So it’s definitely a world that I would love to continue exploring, but we always take one movie at a time. We want to kick ass with this film first before considering doing anything else.”
Monster Hunter follows Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers, when they are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom.
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