“I love Monster Hunter,” Paul W.S. Anderson told Report Door in the first big interview for his upcoming Monster Hunter adaptation, conducted as part of this year’s all-digital New York Comic Con. “It was my favorite movie of any movie in my career to make.”
Considering his history, it’s quite a claim. Anderson is best known for breaking the video game movie curse with 1995’s Mortal Kombat, then shepherding the Resident Evil franchise as a director, writer, and producer. With actress (and eventual wife) Milla Jovovich, Anderson approached each installment of Resident Evil as an entirely different genre exercise, from the claustrophobic horror of the original movie to the Mad Max-ian post-apocalypse drama in Extinction and the visual experimentation at the heart of Retribution. Monster Hunter, based on the hit Capcom fantasy franchise, returns him to the land of games-as-movies. But it wasn’t a job for hire; Anderson was dying to make the movie.
“The really big challenge, or really big pressure, was to do it justice,” he said. “I’m a long fan of the video game. I discovered it in Japan 12 years ago when it was pretty much a Japanese-only phenomena before the rest of the world discovered what Monster Hunter was. I started talking to Capcom 10 years ago about adapting it into a movie. So this really is a long-term passion project of mine and I’m approaching it not as a filmmaker, but also as a kind of long-term player and fan of it.”
On Saturday at 4:55 EDT / 1:55 PDT, Report Door sits down for a one-on-one interview with Anderson to discuss Screen Gems and Toho’s Monster Hunter and his entire career. Tune in for an in-depth interview that covers the making of Mortal Kombat, the surprising creative choices that defined Resident Evil, and a brand new clip of Monster Hunter, featuring a Greater Rathalos in action. Watch the full panel in the video above.
Monster Hunter is currently slated for release in theaters on Dec. 30, 2020.