Monster Hunter movie release date delayed delay April 2021 September 2020 Capcom coronavirus COVID-19 Paul W. S. Anderson Milla Jovovich Tony Jaa

Back in May, amid Capcom’s financial results and future plans, the company stated that it still expected its long-awaited Monster Hunter movie to release in September 2020. However, that is no longer the case. The Sony Pictures movie from director Paul W.S. Anderson has been delayed all the way from Sept. 4, 2020 to April 23, 2021, seemingly as yet another casualty of COVID-19 schedule shifts.

TheĀ Monster Hunter movie stars Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I., Ron Perlman, Meagan Good, and Diego Boneta. Director Anderson and star Jovovich (who, incidentally, are husband and wife) previously worked together on a wide number of Resident Evil movies for Capcom, which enjoy a decent fan following if not an impressive critical reception. Tony Jaa, meanwhile, is basically an inhuman super god of martial arts mastery, a man who literally hopped across the backs of a herd of stampeding elephants because he knew it would look cool on camera. If everything else fails in this movie, you can rest assured that Tony Jaa will not.

Prior to the formal delay announcement, Empire talked to Anderson and Jovovich about the Monster Hunter movie. Anderson explained that he wrote Jovovich’s character as an original character and outsider not inspired by the games, “so she could be a grounded, relatable real-world character who is fresh to the world of Monster Hunter.” We’ll see if that strategy works out. Also, her character will use the Dual Blades in the film, as seen in theĀ very iffy image below.

Monster Hunter movie Dual Blades Milla Jovovich Natalie Artimis

Is it possible to make a truly fantastic Capcom movie? Absolutely. Will the Monster Hunter movie be the one to embody that? Uh, we’ll see. If not, there’s always the Mega Man movie.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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