Word is out and has been confirmed that the Monster Hunter cinematic universe is on its way. The people or team who will be handling it are the same ones who did the Resident Evil movies. With that kick-ass team on the helm, Capcom sure has another money machine in its hands.
The news was confirmed by Resident Evil producer Jeremy Bolt in a recent interview with Deadline. He said that Capcom controls all the rights but Monster Hunter has become much bigger than the Resident Evil that they have difficulty handling them.
Bolt is teaming up once again with Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson to make the Monster Hunter cinematic universe. Anderson has already written the first draft of the script for the screen adaptation of the game. The movie budget is reportedly $50 million which should be profitable for everyone if they will base it on the Resident Evil series.
Anderson said that he is impressed with the game and said that the Monster Hunter cinematic universe will be similar to Star Wars on that scale.
"It’s on the level of like a Star Wars movie, in terms of world creation. 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. I think this is a perfect IP for us to do exactly that same thing again," he explained.
The duo will release their final Resident Evil movie in 2017. It will be the sixth film they have made together with the same team they had since the first movie. The budget for each of the Resident Evil film has remained modest while the revenue continues to grow. The first movie made $102 million internationally with a $33 million budget while the last Resident Evil movie made $204 million globally with a $65 million budget.
With Monster Hunter cinematic universe, the duo said that it has more potential for success as it is already phenomenal in Japan and China alone.