Last week, Nexus Hub along with Crispin Stopforth got the exciting opportunity to interview the live-action Monster Hunter movie's lead actress, Milla Jovovich, and writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson. Being no stranger to video game adaptations, Jovovich's previous defining role as Alice in the Resident Evil movies helped catapult her to becoming one of cinema's biggest action stars. Anderson, on the other hand, continues his work on adapting video games to the big screen, having previously worked on both Mortal Kombat and the numerous Resident Evil movies. This time, we virtually sat down with Jovovich and Anderson to talk about Monster Hunter, another wildly ambitious undertaking for the duo.
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Crispin: I've been wanting to chat with you since you blew my mind with Event Horizon, so this is a really great opportunity for me. I wanted to ask, let's say for example I am a Monster Hunter fanboy, it's my life, it's what I do, I sit in my chair all day and I play this game till my eyes bleed. What am I gonna get out of watching the movie that I couldn't get from sitting and playing the game?
Paul: "You're gonna see those monsters come to life in a way that the games just can't do, you know, when you build creatures for a feature film, you build them to such a great level of detail. It's far beyond what you can kind of get from a video game engine. So I really think you see the creatures come to life and especially if you have the opportunity to go see it in a cinema, on an IMAX screen, or even watching it at home on a big-screen television. The level of detail, the excitement that the creatures deliver I just think is fabulous. Whereas, you're watching a video game, it's clearly animation here, it's clearly photo-real - I mean, these things look like they really exist and are really rampaging around these epic South African and Namibian landscapes."
"So there's that level of excitement, and I know it delivers on that because I worked very closely with the actual creators of the game, Tsujimoto-san and Fujiyoko-san, the producer and director of the video game. And I would see the look on their faces when they saw some of these action scenes happen, like the stampede of the Apceros. They were delighted, and I have to feel like the actual people who created the game and it's been their life for, you know, fifteen or twenty years now - if they are super excited, how can the fans not be?"
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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