What can be questioned is the viability of making what would likely be an expensive sequel. The budget for Monster Hunter was reported to be $60 million, not terrible by today’s standards. But the studio is still attempting to release the movie in theaters at a time when coronavirus cases are spiking, likely hampering the box office performance of the movie, and maybe, the appetite to make a sequel for it. Generating buzz for a Monster Hunter sequel could help push the forthcoming film towards greater success.
Jovovich told Total Film (via GamesRadar+) that Anderson was “already writing something” for a potential follow-up to the movie, stating “Paul would love to make a sequel.” With only five or six monsters set to appear in Monster Hunter, the franchise seems ripe for the pursuit of a sequel, or even a franchise that spans numerous films.
Monster Hunter stars Milla Jovovich as Captain Natalie Artemis, tasked with fighting monsters and returning to her world after falling through a portal. Tony Jaa and T.I. are among the other stars of the film, directed by Jovovich’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson. It’s not totally clear yet which monsters the hunters will be battling in this video game adaptation, but previously released footage did reveal the Rathalos, one of the most iconic monsters from the Capcom series.