‘Resident Evil 5′ Update From Paul W.S. Anderson

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There no denying that writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson and his wife/go-to leading lady, Milla Jovovich have something good going with the Resident Evil franchise. Last year, the fourth installment (Resident Evil: Afterlife) proved to be the most lucrative chapter in the video game movie series yet – and next year’s Resident Evil: Retribution is aiming to soar even higher at the box office.

Jovovich has so far been actively involved in keeping fans updated on the status of Retribution, which starts shooting on location in Toronto within the week. It’s (apparently) Anderson’s turn to do likewise.

Anderson sat down for an interview with Collider, where he touched on some of the early revelations about the plot of Retribution – such as how it will finally incorporate fan-favorite characters like Leon Kennedy (Johann Urb) and the Las Plagas breed of zombie into the action.

On the topic of finally introducing certain fan-favorite characters from the RE video game/computer-animated movie universe:

“[The new characters are' something that’s kind of come out of [Milla] and I talking to fans, feeling the characters that people wanted to come in. [We chose] three of those that seem to be the fan-favorites that we’d never touched on: Leon Kennedy, Ada Wong, and Barry Burton. We really went out of our way to get people who looked as much like their characters as possible from the game…This actor Johann Urb, who I’m very excited to be working with, not only is he a really good actor but he looks like Leon Kennedy. I mean you put photographs of them side-by-side, it’s almost like he was manufactured by Capcom.”

With regards to Capcom’s influence and why the RE live-action films often depart (or, alternatively, sometimes do not depart) from the continuity of the video games:

“… There’s a very open dialogue between me and Capcom. They know what the stories are, they get the script, they make comments, sometimes we change things because of those comments. I certainly don’t wanna kill a character that they want to continue, or I don’t want characters to do things that they feel would be wrong within the world of the video games. The world of the video game and the world of the movies, they exist within the same universe, but they’re running on slightly separate tracks.”

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Milla Jovovich flees the undead in 'Resident Evil: Afterlife'

The action quotient has been steadily rising with each subsequent RE movie and Anderson says that Retribution will be no exception – saying that he’ll even draw inspiration directly from the games, this time around:

“We’re bringing in the Las Plagas parasite, which I love because it allows the undead to basically run around, ride motorbikes, and shoot machine guns, which no one’s done before. There’s a great action sequence which we’ve been inspired by from the fifth game, which is where the characters are driving in a Hummer through the desert and they’re being chased by zombies shooting machine guns on motorbikes. We’ve taken that and we’ve kind of run with it. We’re not gonna use a Hummer this time we’re gonna use a Rolls Royce Phantom, cause no one’s ever done a car chase with a Rolls Royce Phantom before. And I’ve discovered why, because it’s really, really expensive.”

On the topic of why the RE films have become more action-oriented – and not just been more exercises in pure horror:

“… Well, that’s one of the things that the games have done as well, they’ve always kept an element of horror but they’ve become increasingly action-driven games with these phenomenal action sequences. That’s something that I think has kept the game alive, and also it’s one of the reasons why I think the movies have kind of broadened out in terms of audience as well. If you make just hardcore horror, there’s a limited audience for that. Whereas if it’s horror mixed with action, I think you kinda broaden your potential fanbase.”

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Dedicated RE fans are sure to have mixed feelings about everything Anderson is saying – not to mention, the news that several deceased characters will be appearing via flashback, in Retribution - so be sure to let us know what you think of all this in the comments section.

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Resident Evil: Retribution will star the likes of Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Johann Urb, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr, and Colin Salmon. It is scheduled to hit 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on September 14th, 2012.

Source: Collider

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  1. I Want to see Leon S. Kennedy!!!!!!

  2. The last film was absolute garbage. It barely resembled Resident Evil at all. Just terrible. I enjoyed the first three though.

    And the reason it made more money than the others is obvious. 3D!!!

    • I will have to diagree. The latest film is by far the best. And not due to the 3d. If you dont like it, thats cool. But it isnt garbage by any means.

      • yeah agotta agree with ya i tought the last 1 was the best in the series it was pretty dam awesome

        • Sam sir you are correct.

    • totally agree sam, i watched afterlife properly a few days ago (so i could have the right to rip it apart) and damn did it suck. no story, the characters where boring, action was stupid impractical and poorly done.
      the only half decent thing would have had to have been the visuals.

      wesker’s final fight was ok, but mainly b/c it was almost identical to res5′s cutscene fight with him, chris and sheva. no the topic of wesker, that guy was complete bs, he didn’t come across as evil, powerful or epic, just weird and the bs ending with him getting destroyed then suddenly appearing in the helicopter was the icing on the cake for that mess of a movie.

      this series should be rebooted (if continued at all), the director/writers and cast clearly dont know jack about the game series, thus don’t know what genre to go with. instead they add a little of everything and end up with garbage (like fast five).

      • WHOA!!!!!!!! I’m with you a 110 percent on how horrible the movies are becoming… but Fast Five was pretty awesome. C’mon. Haha but even after reading about his explanation for why they are going the route of action driven… poor excuse. I feel there is so much lost potential to start over and let someone else make it with each movie Anderson is making… and Alice?? GTFO. I just feel there is too much to complain about that’ll I’ll just stop here by saying, I can’t wish enough they would re-boot. The series has become a mindless joke.

      • I have to agree, as a seperate title It would of worked, but with the resident evil name its kind of a mockery,No offence to Paul. You just have to understand where the fans of the games are coming from. I’m aware that there would be a difference between a movie and a game, but the fact is you missed out Key issues… for example Wesker In the film just came off as some bad guy for the episode that could be ditched.. In the games Hes been behind the scences of every game without wesker behind the scenes there is no resident evil… :/ and now he’s dead. ( both film and game )

        The new and “improoved” zombies/Majini/Las Plagas. where abit confusing.. They had no history and came out of nowhere, If you wasn’t familier with the games That would be alot more confusing, If you had just done a little scene with experimentary las plagas parasite then It would of been cool and made sence.. Same applys for the Executioner… Came out of nowhere no history.

        In the next film I hope to see more mutations and less zombies.. maybe even an uroburos.. Difficult to grapically engineer, but it’l pay off. One of my favorite enemies from re5 was The Reaper, not sure If people will agree. By this time In the games Umbrella was long gone, maybe you could pop tricell Into the new one too. One more thing, Hunters are esential to resident evil. Nothings worse then finding yourself having to reload and then woosh… no more head, a full bar of health means nothing. :)

        Anyway what I’m trying to get across here Is resident evil Is more then just familier charectors Its a familar atmosphere of surprise/eerie settings and twists.
        If you want to win back the support of most of the gamers then mix it up alittle, slap In a few hunters and mystery behind the scenes bad guys alot of locked doors and a giant WTF! twist at the end and a stalking tyrant that wont get off your back.

    • what the hell are you doing making such comments here anyway? GARBAGE you say? talking about yourself huh.

  3. The only thing that would please fans was removing all traces of this series from memory.

    • I don’t know. The first 2 films definitely have their moments.

      • #1: OK but meh. Apocalypse: Garbage. Extinction: Tolerable.

        Afterlife: Yet to see.

        • Kind of agree with your order a bit, #2 was terrible…

          • I liked RE1, it was a good zombie flick, and didn’t tarnish any of the characters. RE2 was ridiculous. Alice fist fighting the Nemesis? How about her Miss Piggy church entrance?
            The only thing inspired about this new movie will be all the iconic moments and characters ripped from the games and sewn together to make a crappy movie in 3D.
            These movies resemble Final Fantasy Advent Children more than any of the Resident Evil games.

  4. Love this franchise, especially Afterlife! So looking forward to this. :)

  5. darn it! so no jensen ackles….

  6. I hope Resident Evil 5 has more scary scenes, more action, more car chases and more fight scenes.

    I think RE5 will be the best in the series just like Fast Five hopefully.

  7. The movies till this point have been good but they seem to be more action oriented than horror but looks like they finally listen to what the fans want for this next installment.

    • Listened*

  8. what is he on about that guy doesnt look like leon kennedy (i googled him)…they should of got craig olejnik the canadian actor

  9. Is it just me or is Anderson sounding more and more like the way Lucas writes movies, get a lot of “yes” men into a conference room and throw some really bad ideas at them and expect to get actual constructive feed back.

    • You mean that he takes all his action scenes from the games and butchers them? (Lucas borrowed a lot of scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy)
      One thing Lucas didn’t do was butcher a game series and turn it into a starring vehicle for his wife. It’s ridiculous all the characters taking the backseat to some lame character that was created to be some nod towards Alice in Wonderland. He must really have thought he was clever to use symbolism in his movie. White rabbit, Red Queen, Alice going down the hole. Lame.

      • No, Lucas just puts his kids in his movies and makes it so obvious that they stand out like sore thumbs. Mila at least has a lot of good movies under her belt.

        I admit I liked the first three movies as simple escapism, but the last one was a mess.

        • I think we both can agree all three of the prequel films were bad. I didn’t know Lucas had his kids cameo.

          • The fat girl in the first prequel on Tattooine who was talking to Anakin when he was getting his pod racer ready. Then she is also in the second and third as the blue skinned claoked girl who follows the CHancellor around with his entourage. You cant miss her now that you know aout her since she has no place being in the shot in the second and third prequels.

            • And isn’t Lucas’s son the youngling that gets shot by clonetroopers outside the temple in front of Bail Organa?

        • crap messed up my sig

  10. A Zombie on a Ducati would be cool! ~ Stark

  11. I love this franchise and the games. I am also glad the movies dont just take the plot from the games and put them on the screen. If I want to see that I’ll play the game. Paul Anderson has already proven himself with this franchise so Im not worried at all.

    • I think that paul did pretty good on the resident evil movie franchise.i dont have any complaints.im sure that resident evil 5 movie will be good.he have a good cast that he is working with.im glad that they made a live action movie on resident evil.resident evil will always be around.its a good game and movie.they can always add more to the story line it wont hurt anything.

  12. WTF!! I saw Leon’s picture. That guy can ALMOST pass. He is NOT identical. Obviously, Anderson is blind. And zombies with machine guns and driving? Are you really serious? Those were NOT zombies. It was real people infected in the game. Imagine Milla fighting a zombie carrying a machine gun? This movie is getting worse and worse and more pathetic!

    • He said he was trying to bring in more of the Las Plagas zombies which on the game were driving and shooting and even riding motorcycles

  13. I enjoyed RE1 but then they went too mindless action gor my taste. I wouldn’t mind a complete reboot and keep Alice out this time. Less running on walls and more running for your life. I much prefer The Walking Dead.

    • I wish I could hug you.

  14. I think Anderson should bring in the whole team and the original creator of the first game to give him some insight on how things should go and the man that is playing Chris Retfield I dont know I think someone a little buffer with Chris Retfield’s hair style off the game should have go the part or have the guy playing him buff up some and grow his hair out some..

    • REDFIELD… but yes i agree. Doesn’t seem like he would have the same bad mo-fo effect the game version did.

      • Also do u think the guy who played chris on Afterlife has what it takes I mean around the time of Afterlife Chris would have been buff and look different like with a little hair not a inch away from a bald head

  15. You people are ridiculous. Didn’t any of you just read that CAPCOM, ya know the people that distribute and make the game meet and talk with Paul about his movies?? If CAPCOM doesn’t have any problem with the movie and actually encourage him to make them then why should the fans keep complaining? I’m a huge fan of the games and am apparently smart enough to know that the movies are the movies and the games are the games. The movies are not hurting the franchise or the games. If you don’t like the movies DON’T watch them. Keep playing the games over, and over, and over. Honestly I love they don’t stick to the games. I’d hate to know everything that’s going to happen. Everyone praises George A Romeros script for sticking close to the game. Yeah it actually changed A LOT from RE1 and the fan would have hated it (Chris being native America not a part of STARS, Barry being black, Jill being captain of STARS, Ada being in the movie and dying right away) CAPCOM rejected his script because they didn’t want the fans to be upset with all the changes. With Paul’s movies, they are based on ELEMENTS of the RE games. So they don’t mess with the games canon.

    • He did the same thing Romero would have done, and at least Romero actually had the characters in the script.
      I liked the first movie for many of the reasons you point out, but the sequels are ridiculous. I can’t even like them when I think about them as their own series. They haven’t even tried to make it scary at all since the first movie, it’s degenerated into action gore.

      Look at the quality of the films. All they are is a bunch of different elements of the game thrown, and I mean thrown together, and then sewn together with this stupid character “Alice” who wasn’t ever even in the games. I didn’t hate Alice until she started 1-uping all the characters from the games. Fist fight Nemesis, fist fight the Tyrant, fist fight Wesker. 1-up Jill, Carlos, Chris, Claire, and probably Leon in the next one.

      Capcom may approve, but only because it’s making money, and If Capcom sold the movie rights, it brings to question whether or not they even have any say about the movies anyways. My problem with the series is that Anderson shows a complete lack of respect for the original characters and the people who love them, the fans.

      • I think you said it a little better than I did… Alice needs to go. The first movie was pretty scary as I was only a kid, but damn, they went and made survival horror games to [like you said] action gore? WHY?! lame… her ridiculous superhuman powers is what put a sour taste in my mouth about this series. I liked the 2nd movie but also like you said… fist fighting Nemesis is not how that should have went down. Totally cheesy.

  16. The best thing about this series is Milla, by far. The scripts have a lot to be desired, but I watch the movies just for her. The TV series Walking Dead is a far better piece of work.

  17. Why in the world would he take a scene with a hummer and zombies and want to use a Phantom instead.. That makes absolutely no sense and the idea is horrible. It’s unrealistic. If they push it, the film is going to be trash.

  18. I can not stand the thought of how this series has progressed. I was sure after the 3rd movie they would wait a few years and just re-boot it all together. Then afterlife happened… made me ill. After hearing about this a couple weeks ago… I just give up. I remember I was only about 10 years old when the first RE came out… scared the s*** out of me. The second I thought was a little cheesy but still really cool, mainly because the first RE game I played was RE3: Nemesis. After that it just started going towards being an Action series. I understand they can’t make a carbon copy of the games to a movie. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I wanted these movies to be RAW and gritty like I remember the first movie being at the time. I watch it now and of course I get bored, but still. Take it back to the beginning, make it intense, use some original game characters (get rid of Alice), and for the love of god no more 3D, that crap needs to die.

  19. Yeah and who ever mentioned her super powers is rite though and wrong at the same time because the only thing that was wrong with her powers were the telepathy party and I really didnt see her pick up a car and throw it so the superman like strength is out and plus its not like something magical happened and gave her those powers, it was biological which is the T-Virus. But yeah the telepathy needs to go because how could you actually explain her using telepathy because telepathy is like magic and not biological.

  20. @Kyle
    You people are ridiculous. Didn’t any of you just read that CAPCOM, ya know the people that distribute and make the game meet and talk with Paul about his movies?? If CAPCOM doesn’t have any problem with the movie and actually encourage him to make them then why should the fans keep complaining? I’m a huge fan of the games and am apparently smart enough to know that the movies are the movies and the games are the games. The movies are not hurting the franchise or the games. If you don’t like the movies DON’T watch them. Keep playing the games over, and over, and over. Honestly I love they don’t stick to the games. I’d hate to know everything that’s going to happen. Everyone praises George A Romeros script for sticking close to the game. Yeah it actually changed A LOT from RE1 and the fan would have hated it (Chris being native America not a part of STARS, Barry being black, Jill being captain of STARS, Ada being in the movie and dying right away) CAPCOM rejected his script because they didn’t want the fans to be upset with all the changes. With Paul’s movies, they are based on ELEMENTS of the RE games. So they don’t mess with the games canon.

    This person knows what there talking about! Stop bitching people!There awesome movies!
    Also here are some more details from Sony Pictures regarding the RE franchise!(= Enjoy!

    The three “RESIDENT EVIL” live-action films previously released have collectively grossed US$ 380 million at the Box Office internationally, making it a mega hit franchise. “Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D” as known as “Biohazard 4: Afterlife”, which has just been released globally on September 10th, has become the Number One hit in Japan, the US,Canada, and other parts of the world during its opening weekend.

  21. Ok i have to agree that the earlier movies were a little better and that her Telepathy powers are ridiculous but i do like the movies in general. I just think they should bring back some of the horror element to it. i liked the first one because it gave me a scare the first time a i watched it. Bringing back the Horror and mixing it with the action sequences i think would make it better.

  22. @Rora I understand, but if she didn’t have those telepathic powers the movie would make no apparent scence. They do explain how she has them..lol

  23. I know it is a little late to post and it is likely no one will see this, but I just wanted to put my opinion in… :)
    I have played all the games (yes All), I have watched the cannon Capcom film ‘Degeneration’ and I have watched all four Anderson-Jovovich films.
    I love the series: I greatly respect Milla (since the Fifth Element) and greatly enjoy watching her in this role. I think she is very dedicated and plays the character well, despite regular script issues, general silliness, and of course how she upstages the real ‘Stars’ (pun intended) of the games.
    None of the films are going to win Oscars for writing, but if you look at the games the writing isn’t great either (need I say “master of unlocking”).
    The 1st film was creepy (I was very young when I first watched it). The 2nd was fun, cheesy, campy and silly, but enjoyable. The third was ok; little over the top with superpowers, but other characters (L.J, Claire, etc) had some character development and somehow overall was creepy. The forth I cannot bring my self to like, despite the stunning visuals. I understand (from the directors commentary) that it was very expensive and time burning to shot in 3D therefore it was difficult to film in ‘depth’ or have ‘extra details’ , but that does not make up for the script and the poorly constructed action scenes.
    I see the films/games as set in completely separate universes with interlinks. Claire, Chris, Jill and Carlos are not the same as their originals; because their universe is different. If Alice did appear in the games then their world would be very different.
    I want to know how these two universes will pan out and how they will interact within their unique plots as distinct entities. I will watch the next film and I hope not to be as disappointed as with the last.

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