However, following the arrest of , much of the film needed reshoots and a subsequent replacement. The film opened in South Korea on November 12, 2015 and was released in 2D format only in contrary to its 3D release in China. More than 90% of the original crew returned for the reshoots, with many also working for free or at a reduced rate. A third film was also announced. The film has been viewed by over 65 million people worldwide. Monster Hunt is the first Chinese film to top the all-time Chinese box office charts in the 21 years since the market re-opened to foreign films.
They started looking for comic books or other intellectual property to adapt, but to no avail. In addition to redoing all the scenes that had previously contained Ko, Hui and Kong added several new sequences and new roles and cameos for some additional well-known actors, such as to boost the movie's star quotient, Hui initially felt wary and skeptical if the film would find success at the box office. Tian and Lan follow the hunter. The film is partly influenced by Hollywood movies such as , , and directed by , and , respectively. Wuba is on his own journey through monster realm. Snell among others, who previously worked on the visual effects for , , and and others. That gave the team confidence to move ahead.
After just two weeks of release Monster Hunt became the and in September overtook as the highest ever. In total, the film took 7 years to complete. In an interview with the he said that while overseeing sequences for the character in Shrek, he daydreamed about animating a character from a Hong Kong bakery, a Pineapple Bun Man. The message in the film is to understand and accept differences, to see the world through others' perspective and to foster more understanding between people and groups. Meanwhile, Huo and Song are in search of Wuba and reach Monster Hunter Bureau. It was like a toy shop, so exciting.
I still recall I was so excited to see a costume being made. Alan finished the script alone by the summer of 2009 taking vague inspiration from monsters mentioned in classical Chinese literature, but with an original story. According to the , beginning in late August, netizens reported cases of theater scheduling screenings of the film in the middle of the night and multiple showings of the film on the same theater screen scheduled less than 30 minutes apart. Nach dem Tod des bösen König der Monster hat ein unheimlicher Lord mit dunklen Plänen den thron bestiegen. However, such a massive undertaking would have to cost millions of dollars; they would have to refilm 70% and redo 25% of the special-effects work, call back the cast and crew, find a new leading man and rebuild sets. It ended its theatrical run in China on September 17, 2015, playing in theaters for 59 days. They also enlist the help of a weapon fixer at a workshop, who not only sharpens their swords and whip, but also gives them additional weapons to ward off the hunter.
Recently, a civil war took place in the Monster Realm which resulted in the usurpation of the Monster King's throne from a treacherous minister, who later sought the Monster Queen and her unborn baby, and the Monster Queen fled to the Human Realm. However, the use of violence may be inappropriate for younger children. They once shared the world in peace and harmony until the Humans drove the Monsters out from their home, for they sought total dominion over their lands. The following morning, Hui received a congratulatory phone call from Jeffrey Katzenberg, his former boss at DreamWorks Animation. But these scenes are stretched out to a drag, serving little purpose other than cheaps laughs. In February 2017, Hui and Kong discussed about a fourth film and a potential spin-off. .
The idea is the turn these films into a franchise, a first time in China and expanding the franchise with sub-licensing agreements, merchandising deals and theme park attractions. Hui's initial reaction was that the incident and subsequent arrest of Ko would give him more time to work on the special effects even better. Will peace ever be restored in the monster world? Although Hui admits that there wasn't any particular film he drew inspiration from for the film, he stated that Monster Hunt is partly influenced by various DreamWorks animated movies, Hollywood movies such as , , , and , Hong Kong films like and , works of and and visual references at once recalling ancient Chinese landscape painting, a 1970s breakfast cereal called Freakies, and the Oddball Art of Mark Ryden. Once again, Wuba is being chased down by monsters and humans alike. They use their powers to locate him at a water tower. Kong took the first draft of the script to many friends in the film industry and all of the feedback was that it had potential but it would be too tough to make since the film would need visual effects because of its depiction of monsters.
Wuba meets Tu and BenBen, a human-monster team, and they rescue Wuba multiple times. Set in a world where monsters and humans co-exist, the franchise tells the story of Wuba, a baby monster born to be king. Finally, Hui and Yuen went to a Beijing-based visual effects house, , and made a four-minute test film in 2012. Before Hui went to China, sent him to India for 2 years. The film was released in China on 16 July 2015 in 3D and in countries including Malaysia, Singapore and Korea. Worsened by choppy editing, it jumps from one set piece to the next with minimal storytelling along the way. The movie also contains references to males giving birth when it comes to monsters.
The film was released in the United States and Canada on January 22, 2016 in 2D and 3D in two versions; the original Mandarin version with English subtitles and an English dubbed version. As for a United States and Europe release, Hui and Kong were initially skeptical and dubious if the film could find a general audience there since the film was made to aim at Chinese speaking audience. There is recurrent talk about humans and monsters being able to co-exist with each other, and Wuba playing a role in that, but we never get to see any of it. Before that, all the costumes were inside a computer. The film was also released in countries like Malaysia and Singapore.
But following the success of in 2012, it boosted enough confidence that the team moved ahead with production the following year. However, due to the sheer popularity of the film, certain pirate companies produced illegal goods inspired by the film such as the character of Wuba which aided the film in its box office success and in a way delivered free marketing for the film. Wuba and the other monsters have moved into the wilderness and built a new village of peace after Wuba was released by his parents, Tian and Lan. Hui said If they do release it there, they might need to think about making some adjustments. After four consecutive weekends at No.
It opened in North America on January 22, 2016 in 2D and 3D by. Kong admitted that it was a normal business decision and that there wasn't much heroism involved. Even so, however, some scenes and content are inappropriate for younger children. Hui estimates they lost over a few million dollars for failing to procure merchandising right sales. Peace is not restored in the monster world. Despite no officials directly ordering the film to be reshot, in fall of the same year, producers Doris Tse and Kong informed Hui of the decision to reshoot 70% of the film with a new actor in place since Chinese authorities were unwilling to show the film with a drug-using headliner anytime soon. In December 2015, an English version of the trailer premiered.