There’s an issue with Hollywood adaptations of video games: they never pay attention to the source material. Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil – every one of these throws away essential elements of the original product’s narrative in favor of its own. Monster Hunter isn’t looking any different.

Paul W.S Anderson’s take on Monster Hunter appears to be no different. An image of one of the film’s actors, Diego Boneta, was shared to his Instagram account. It’s of him in a modern getup holding an assault rifle. God has abandoned us.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen footage from Anderson’s Monster Hunter film. Months ago, a short burst of some recent test footage was shown which featured two monsters battling it out in a city.

As we speak, Monster Hunter’s production is in full swing – the film’s principal photography in South Africa is happening right now! It’s unclear how much of the film will be simply “man-with-gun-shoots-Rathalos”, but let’s all hope that it’s very little.

Monster Hunter may end up being just another Resident Evil movie franchise, which simply means bad at this point, but it could also be something special. Only time will tell.

Monster Hunter World is available now on Xbox One for £39.99/$49.99

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