The slow, steady march of Monster Hunter continues with news that a live-action film based on the Capcom game series is in the works. According to Variety, the film will go into production in September, and it’s being helmed by director Paul W. S. Anderson and will star Milla Jovovich — both of whom worked on the long-running Resident Evil movie series, which is also based on a game from Capcom. The new movie will reportedly feature a $60 million budget and is being filmed in South Africa.
The news continues a busy year for Monster Hunter. In January, Capcom released the ambitious Monster Hunter World with the intention of taking the series’s incredible popularity in Japan and turning it into a global phenomenon. And it’s been a success: the game sold close to 8 million copies, making it the best-selling Monster Hunter to date. Meanwhile last week, the developer revealed plans to bring the series to the Nintendo Switch with the English-language debut of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, which comes out in August.
There’s no word yet on when the movie is expected to hit theaters, but according to the report, it’s being envisioned as a series, and not just a single film.