Monster Hunter Is Getting the Hollywood Movie Treatment

Monster Hunter Stories producer reveals a movie based on the series is on the way.

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Capcom has announced a Hollywood adaptation of Monster Hunter is in the works. The announcement was made at Tokyo Game Show, where producer Ryozo Tsujimoto appeared to talk about Monster Hunter Stories.

"While it isn't related to Stories, there is a Hollywood movie adaptation of the main series in progress," he said, as reported by Japanese site Games Talk and translated by Gematsu.

No further details were provided, so it's unclear what stage of production the Monster Hunter movie is at, whether a writer or director is attached, or Capcom's involvement on the project.

Capcom has enjoyed success on the big screen with its Resident Evil movies. In total six entries in the series, which stars Milla Jovovich, have been made. The latest is set for release later this year and is called Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. As the name implies, it is believed to be the conclusion.

Monster Hunter Stories was announced in April, 2015. It looks to be quite different from the core series, in which players hunt a variety of gather resources, upgrade equipment, and defeat giant beasts to complete quests.

Stories has a more cartoonish style and, in the first trailer, a character was shown mounting a monster and riding around on it. Tsujimoto previously said Monster Hunter Stories is an RPG that will take Monster Hunter in a new direction.

"After having passed the 10th anniversary last year, this is a new challenge for the Monster Hunter series, that we've began designing since about five years ago," he explained. "While staying true to the world of Monster Hunter, and a story that can only be told through an RPG, we'd like to pack it with fun and enjoyment that we can't even begin to describe with words."

Monster Hunter Stories is expected out in Japan in 2016. A release outside of Japan has not been confirmed.

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