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Paul Wes Anderson Discussed The Monster Hunter Movie In A New Interview

Paul Wes Anderson took part in an interview about the Resident Evil movies and his influences for them. However, at one point in the interview, he goes into discussions about the Monster Hunter movies in stead. He said that “what I love about Monster Hunter is the incredibly beautiful, immersive world they’ve created. 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. The Monster Hunter world includes these huge deserts that make the Gobi Desert look like a sandbox, and they have ships that sail through the sand. These full-on galleons, but rather than sailing on the ocean waves, they sail through waves of sand. You’re fighting these giant creatures, some as big as a city block. They live underneath the Earth and when they burst out, it’s like the best of Dune. You also have these flying dragons, giant spiders, the most wonderful creatures. That’s what really attracted me. I felt there was a fresh, exciting world that we could expose and build a whole world around, like a Marvel or Star Wars universe. Everything is about world creation, nowadays, and how can you build a world where you can have multiple stories going on? I thought this was our opportunity to have a cinematic universe. The central characters are very relatable American characters. You take a person from the ordinary world who thinks they’re in a dead-end job, they have no future, they feel like their life’s a failure, it’s going nowhere, like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. It’s about a normal American who gets dragged into this parallel world, this Monster Hunter world. Then eventually the parallel world ends up coming to our world. So you have the creatures from the Monster Hunter world invading our world. The mythology is that basically monsters are real and all the monsters and creatures from our mythology, whether dragons or the Minotaur, or Chinese dragons, it’s all real. They were real. They really existed in our world. For every monster there was a hero that fought the monster. And then those monsters just disappeared, overnight. They ceased to exist, as did our need for heroes. They became a thing of myth and legend, but eventually the monsters will come back. Unless we have a hero to help fight them, our world with be devastated by these returning creatures, after we’ve chosen to put our faith in technology rather than heroes. All of our technology won’t mean anything once the dragons start raining fire”.

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17 comments

  1. this is depressingly sad. at first, i had hope. he was amazed at the nature of how tehse monsters work, and their habitat. but then he went into the nonsensical BS about a “normal american guy” getting transported to a monster hunter world? Why does this have to be a thing? What’s so difficult about making a fantasy movie, about 4 friends teaming up to take down a big monster to protect a village? the progression of the games should be easily adapted to a movie. starts out small, killing little monsters, and eventually growing strong enough and having a team of friends to help you take down something you thought you would have never had a chance of defeating. just, damn. i’m already dissapointed and the movie hasn’t even begun filming.

  2. Monster Hunter is my favorite franchise. The moment he starts talking about an American in a parallel world makes my heart sink, this is instantly the most annoying cliche idea for a movie. Why would you involve the real world in the fantastical amazingly gorgeous world of Monster Hunter? Is he trying to copy Digimon? Do they just want giant monsters destroying cars and buildings? We already have every other monster movie available to do that for us. Please Gog save us from this horrible idea.

  3. This is the guy who ruined Resident Evil and completely ignored the lore behind both the Alien AND Predator in his movies. Now he wants to “Smurf” Monster Hunter?! He should be banned from Hollywood.

  4. disgusting.
    i’m at a loss for words i’m so disappointed. how can you go on about how amazing and beautiful the monster hunter world is in one breath and then in another talk about how you want to drop everything that makes monster hunter amazing just port over the monsters to a shitty modern setting?

    i hope he drops this shit.

  5. Half way through this, I was like “Yeah, this guy really gets it”

    … and then he starts talking about American guys and parallel worlds, and I realize just how completely they are already screwing this up before they even begin.

    What a Moron.

    I had hopes this might be okay before, but it is already a disaster.

    … ugh.

  6. TAKE NOTE OF THE OFFICIAL INTRO CINEMATICS/ECOLOGY VIDEOS MOVIE MAKING PEOPLE:

    MHX
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gJaLt8fp7o
    MH4U
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnRuTtk3LzI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh2Azw8C0KY
    MH3U
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPZrhfBlY2A
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsL_8Xne_Cg

    This is EXACTLY what fans want. The style, the characteristics, the physics, the lifestyle, everything just SCREAMS movie material.
    DON’T AMERICANIZE THIS MOVIE. Monster Hunter IS NOT AMERICAN, it’s GLOBAL.

  7. Paul W. S. Anderson can go fuck himself. Majority of MH fans do not want this.
    It doesn’t matter if this helps get MH more recognized as all it is doing is creating a lie.
    Fuck you Anderson.
    More importantly fuck you Capcom for letting this idiot touch the series.

  8. I was interested in the movie until he started talking about an American with parallel universe. Just no, stop it now and knock it off. Give the MH fans what they really want!

  9. I got really excited like most at the beginning when he gushed a bit at the beginning like a Monhun fanboy. I even went along with how his story idea begins (though mostly because I called that as being the story about 2 months ago on a friend of mine’s blog; my ultimate preference, of course, being a true fantasy adaptation of the Monster Hunter source material).

    Where they lost me was simply the body of work from this director. And body, in this instance, is the absolute correct word to use, as while he has had some box office success, he’s never made what might even be considered to be a good movie critic-wise. Probably the closest he’s come is the first resident evil. And now even that is tarnished by where he took the story in the subsequent films.

    And that leads me to my second and largest “Objection!”

    LEAVE THE MONSTERS WHERE THEY ARE!

    If you feel the need to make this movie about an American guy miraculously transported to an alternate universe, fine, do that, but ONLY that. Don’t then rig it so there’s a way back that the monsters can then use. Doing that opens the progression up to the most cliche answer in American cinema for the last 70 years. “If it’s too big for 1 bullet, Nuke it!” And rightfully so is that brought in to other stories, otherwise the audience would wonder why that option was never explored, “we’ve got ’em, why not use ’em.” But in the world of monster Hunter they have no place.

    Monster Hunter is a world of gargantuan cataclysm level monsters which although deadly and dangerous in the extreme are also not so powerful as to not be able to be taken down by a single experienced, competent, and well-equipped Hunter. But by bringing the monsters to this world we open them up to the epitome of man’s laziness. “Attack the titanic beast with a big heavy greatsword to make an awesome hat? Nah, just bomb it to death and you can keep your hat.” That is human nature and why I’m expecting this to be a real catastrophe to the Monster Hunter franchise on the level of gathering quests and the desire sensor.

    Actual Wes Anderson, if you’re out there listening, please take a look into this property, your quirky style might be just what is needed to save it from arriving DOA.

  10. The pitched plot of the movie is an abomination to the franchise as a whole. He promised that he would explore the existing lore of the Monster Hunter Universe, and instead he is absolutely ignoring it, if not deliberately wiping his ass with the franchise as a whole.

    As some have stated already, in these comments as well as on some other sites, it would be fine if the story was about someone somehow being drawn from our world to the Monster Hunter word, and the story was about his/her journey to become a hunter. It would illicit some anger but would overall be accepted.

    But this, however, is going much the way Dragon ball Evolution went, where it absolutely ignores the basic entirety and integrity of the lore and source materials that the fan base loves. And that is pretty much a universally reviled movie and is a source of alot of anger for the fans of Dragon Ball.

    The fact that he came up with what he did for the plot in the face of the tantalizingly rich and deep lore that is available of the history of the Monster Hunter universe, from the Ancient Civilization to the Human/Dragon war and the Equal Dragon Weapon that pretty much every fan of the series would love to have explored and have been begging for CAPCOM to expand upon in the games shows that he is not the right person for this task and that this movie will be the basis of a lot of fan based backlash to the franchise as a whole that can potentially have devastating consequences to the series.

    1. I saw DB Evolution opening night in the theaters and it was one of the most fun movie going experiences I’ve had. Everyone there was a fan of DB and we all knew the movie was going to be bad, so the whole movie consisted of the audience heckling it the whole time. Good times!!

  11. I had some hopes when I started reading this, then I slowly became more and more horrified as I read, Who on what world wants a Dimensional traveling Monster huner movie?! Certainly not the fans! If you want to do that go make a goddamn Digimon movie, and leave out beloved franchise alone!

  12. Got so sad when i finished reading the interview, just need to take a look at the games intros and trailers to see the fantastic action we could have on the big screen.

    Anyways, someone created a petition for anyone who disaproves the movie script:

    https://www.change.org/p/monster-hunter-community-stop-the-production-of-anderson-s-monster-hunter-movie-before-it-shits-on-the-franchise

    Not sure how much this can help but it is better than just crossing your arms and watch a Dah’ren Mohran crash into Val Habar :|

  13. So he essentially wants to do the same thing Uwe Boll did with the sequels to In the Name of the King, movies based on the Dungeon Siege games!? No, no, no! While others are upset about the American guy part, I’m upset about the modern day hero crap altogether!

    Paul, I’ve liked your Resident Evil movies for what they are but I don’t support this! Please God no!!

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