Paul W.S. Anderson will see his sixth and final entry into the Resident Evil franchise release this coming January. With it promised to be “the final chapter” in Alice’s story, and the end of the second trilogy in the video game adaptations, what’s next for the writer/director/producer?
Deadline has an extensive interview with Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt in which the duo reveal they’ve set their sights on to Monster Hunter, a wildly popular video game IP from Capcom, the Japanese video game maker that developed and distributes Resident Evil.
For every Monster, there is a Hero. An ordinary man in a dead end job discovers that he is actually the descendant of an ancient hero. He must travel to a mystical world to train to become a Monster Hunter, before the mythical creatures from that world destroy ours.
Anderson has written the first film’s script, and they come armed with still and VFX visual renderings of the creatures (including the above below of a dragon wreaking havoc on LAX) and a detailed game plan that will include a partnership with Dennis Berardi. He’s the co-founder and president of Toronto-based VFX house Mr. X that helped enable Anderson and Bolt to bring in the Resident Evil series for reasonable net budget in the $50-plus million range for each of the final 3D pictures. Monster Hunter will cost a similar amount.
As fun as the Resident Evil movies are, Anderson hasn’t exactly made anything great since Event Horizon. And his Alien vs Predator is one of the worst franchise movies of all time. I’d still give the director of Mortal Kombat the benefit of the doubt.
“We’ve got about two movies,” said Bolt. “We will likely shoot in China or South Africa for a budget comparable to the final ‘Resident Evil’, about $50 million net.”
Anderson adds: “It’s definitely intended to be a franchise because the movie starts in our world and then it goes to the Monster Hunter world and then the final act comes back to our world and it’s basically this epic battle in and around LAX. Then at the end we’re suddenly confronted with the fact that the mythological creatures of our world have come back to wreak vengeance. So we definitely have the second film where that would be planned out.”