To celebrate the release of Monster Hunter, the new film from writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson, we sat down with the filmmaker to chat about his latest video-game/big-screen adaptation.

Based on the hit video game series of the same name first released in 2004, this big-screen adaptation marks a return to the genre for director Anderson after his huge success with the Resident Evil franchise and 1995’s Mortal Kombat, which was recently rebooted. While he has made other films in between, Anderson has always been drawn to this type of movie but tells us how Monster Hunter is different and allowed him to really stretch himself as a filmmaker and fully immerse himself in the world. He also talks about his previous experiences and why he was compelled to tell this one.

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Ron Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.

You can watch the full interview below:

Monster Hunter is out in UK and Ireland cinemas on June 18th.