MONSTER HUNTER is the Latest Release Date Casualty as the Video Game Adaptation is Delayed Until April, 2021
By: John M Jerva
At this rate, I think the only new movies we are going to get are the ones that are premiering on Digital and VOD as the news just broke that the video game adaptation Monster Hunter from Resident Evil helmer Paul W.S. Anderson is the latest release date casualty. The film was expected to open on September 4th but now the flick will join so many others that will now be pushed back until 2021.
According to The Wrap, Monster Hunter which stars Milla Jovovich and international action star Tony Jaa won’t see the light of day until April 23rd of 2021. I was feeling rather optomistic about this one as theaters are expected to open at the end of the month but now we will have to wait for this one as well.
Monster Hunter“centers on the leader of a UN military team named Artemis, played by Jovovich, who is transported to another realm populated by monsters. There she meets the Hunter (Jaa), with the two teaming up to close a portal to prevent monsters from attacking earth.”
Other cast members include Ron Perlman (Drive), T.I. Harris (Ant-Man and The Wasp), Diego Boneta (Luis Miguel, Rock of Ages), as well as Meagan Good (Code Black) and Josh Helman (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Anderson also penned the screen play which is the first feature film for him since he finisged his blockbuster franchise Resident Evil which also starred Jovovich.
The news of the delay comes just days after we saw a rather awesome new image of Jovovich which you can check out below courtesy of Empire Online!
Anderson, despite the delay, has been chatting his new video game film up and has compared it to a classic which I believe will ruffle some feathers. In a interview with SYFY Wire, Anderson stated, “All our monsters are 50-60 feet tall. They’re really amazing. We’re building them in even more detail than the dinosaurs of Jurassic World. And they look even better because we shot on real locations in South Africa and Namibia, which gives the animators something to really match into real wind, real dust, real sun-flare. The monsters are the only CG thing in there.” Anderson went on to say, wait for it, that Monster Hunter is like “Lawrence of Arabia … but with monsters!”
Now don’t get me wrong, I probably will enjoy the hell out of the film because it looks like guilty fun and I hope that Jaa shines in it but Lawrence Of Arabia?! Yeah, I don’t think so.
Any how, we have a longer wait now and now there’s one film that I am hoping that will still make its October release date and that’s GI JOE ORIGINS: SNAKE-EYES.I’m not feeling to optomistic about that one either as we haven’t seen a trailer yet and it’s supposed to hit on October 23rd. Fingers crossed but I’m expecting to wake up any day and see the news that our beloved Ninja Commando won’t be unleashed until 2021 as well. Sigh.
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John M Jerva is the owner and editor-in-chief of Action-Flix.com. He likes movies that explode, shoot, kick and punch and most importantly, he likes movies that do all the above!
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