Monster Hunter Release Date Moved Up To Christmas

by Blake Hester on Nov 19, 2020 at 06:59 PM

Paul W.S. Anderson's upcoming Monster Hunter movie, based on Capcom's popular video game franchise of the same name, will now be released on December 25, 2020, Sony Pictures announced today. This is the fourth announced release date for the movie. 

Originally slated for a September 4, 2020, release in North America, the movie was pushed back to April 23, 2021 back in July. On October 5, however, Sony announced it was moving Monster Hunter up to December 30, 2020. As of today, the movie's release date has been moved once again; now it is December 25, 2020. The movie's December 4 release date in territories such as China and Europe remains unchanged, as revealed in the movie's latest Chinese trailer, released yesterday. No specific reason was given for the movie's new North American release date. Check out the movie's latest trailer below (via IGN). 

As of right now, the movie is only announced for a release in theaters, despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis affecting large parts of the world and health advisors warning against gathering in public spaces.

Monster Hunter is the latest movie from director Paul W.S. Anderson, who is perhaps best-known for his series of Resident Evil movies, which he directed and/or produced all six entries of. Anderson has also directed film adaptations for Mortal Kombat and Dead or Alive, and he's also the director of the cult horror film Event Horizon.

Monster Hunter features Anderson's wife and Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich, rapper-actor Tip "T.I." Harris, Tony Jaa, and Ron Perlman. According to the film's synopsis, when a group of soldiers are hit by a sandstorm, they are unexpectedly transported into an alternate, unknown dimension full of monsters and deadly beasts. In this strange world, the soldiers join forces with, well, a team of monster hunters to fight the back against the beasts and "a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world."

For more on Monster Hunter, check out the movie's original trailer. For more on Paul W.S. Anderson's previous video game adaptations, check out these three simple reasons why Mortal Kombat remains a perfect video game movie 25 years after its initial release.