Resident Evil: Afterlife Switches Release Dates (Again)

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resident evil 4 afterlife milla jovovich Resident Evil: Afterlife Switches Release Dates (Again)

Last month we reported on the news that the upcoming fourth Resident Evil movie had been pushed back to January, 2011.

Why? Well, if you’ve been following news on Resident Evil: Afterlife you’ll no doubt be aware it’s being done in 3D (by the same team who worked on Avatar, FYI). Apparently the process was going to take longer than the studio initially anticipated, so director Paul W.S. Anderson got a bit more time for shooting. The release date originally was September 24th 2010 (we had reported August 27th but apparently it wasn’t…) but the delay pushed it back to January 14th, 2011.

Those out there eager to see Milla Jovovich back in zombie ass-kicking mode would’ve needed to wait almost 4 months longer than anticipated… until now!

In a surprising turn of events, Shock Till You Drop has nabbed a scoop that Afterlife is not only switching back its release date from 2011 to 2010, but also moving it forward two weeks from September 24th to September 10th. On Twitter, Jovovich claimed the delay wasn’t definitive shortly after it was announced and now it appears she was right to say so.

The original delayed date was January 14th, which clashed with Joss Whedon’s horror flick Cabin In The Woods, another movie that was also pushed back because it was being done in 3D (it seems this 3D technology is a lot harder and a lot more time-consuming than studios first realize). At the time of the news I presumed Whedon’s film would be the one to budge, simply because Resident Evil is a far more well-known project to a general movie going audience.

This re-switching of dates will keep the franchise in tradition: the previous two Resident Evil movies were both released in the month of September to solid box office openings. The reason for the re-switch is unknown – it could mean anything from the fact that they’ve rushed the 3D process (read: we could be looking at some crappy 3D), to the fact that the 3D process might not actually take as long for this particular project. Whatever the reason, it means fans of the franchise can see it back in theaters sooner rather than later.

Thoughts on Resident Evil 4 switching to a September 2010 release date?

As stated, Resident Evil: Afterlife is reportedly now set to be released on September 10th, 2010.

Source: Shock Till You Drop (thanks to Cinemablend)

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  1. probably means stupid, clunky, flat 3-D… or that avatar team is SO GOOD that they have learned how to shave almost 4 months off of the 3-D rendering process…

    probably the former, not the latter :-)

  2. @ Evan

    They’ve been working on it in 3D for the entire time the movie’s been in production (speculation on my part but based on the facts), so the 3D will most likely be the quality kind of 3D that made Avatar such a truly epic movie.

  3. I’m going to suggest that the team that did avatar aren’t going to go out an ruin their reps the first chance they get so I bet it’s good. On a related topic… I’m really hoping that avatar kills some of the crappy 3d movies. What I’m thinking is that studios will change their prespective of 3d so that if they know it can’t compare to the raised bar that they don’t just make it 3d for the extra box office price or the hype but decide to not pursue 3d. I’m hoping that avatar’s rasing the bar will help us all out.

  4. finally! thank god! i don’t need to wait so fricking long now! i’m happy as hell for them to switch it back. screw 3-d that’s just a waste of time. re4 is back to 2010.

  5. The resident evil movies aren’t great but why do I watch them over and over again?

  6. Despite the general distaste for the Resident Evil film, I rather enjoy them. So, to me this is good news.

  7. @M-Cat

    You seem to be plagued by the same sickness as me in regards to Resident Evil films (T-virus? :-) ). I don’t think they are that great, and yet I keep coming back…

  8. This is somewhat good news, the films aren’t nearly as good as the games. They should have stuck to the formula of the games and change almost all the characters in each film. Better yet they should just translate the game storylines into live action, which would have made this one based around Leon Kennedy, arguably the best character in the history of the game.

    Maybe this film isn’t as time consuming as Avatar, that movie was all CGI and 3D, this one will most likely have more natural scenes to work with.

  9. I don’t see the economic sense of taking a B-picture, even arguably a popular one like this and expect to reap the extra cost of putting digital 3-D to it? That’s quite a gamble considering the limited venues. It seems like a better plan would be to make sure more films went digital first and theaters catch up with that improvement. Some I-MAX theaters didn’t play “Avatar” for example, because the prints were so expensive! So really “Avatar could be making more money than it’s making. I wonder what people like Cameron think of that?

  10. Evan

    exactly my point – the movies aren’t great but have a coolness factor. Maybe it’s because they remind me of playing the very first resident evil game on the playstation and running around that mansion. I loved that game!

  11. Ya thats what I think…cuz James Cammeron is going to make a Avatar sequel!…so my thought are…There gonna need that camera back & can't wait for Paul 2 have another 4 months with that camera. And who would know better to work that 3d camera than James Cammeron's crew!

  12. It's Milla!!!…plain and simple:-) U know ur like any of us. U wanna see Her in those sexy outfits…Kickin ass!! And shooting guns!

  13. It's all relative. Divide that by the 15 years he took to bring it to market $120M per year. He hasn't pocketed 1.8B either. A lot of hands are in the till on that too. 3-D in itself didn't make that gross either. It's an impressive gross but their will always be the desire for a bigger one.

  14. As far as I recall Alice was a blonde chick but how the hell she turn into brunette? Maybe afterlife, huh.