‘Resident Evil 5′: Paul W.S. Anderson Directing, New Characters, & More

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When Resident Evil movie franchise mastermind Paul W.S. Anderson signed on to direct Pompeii earlier this year, there was reason to wonder if he would pass on helming the upcoming Resident Evil: Retribution (a.k.a. Resident Evil 5).

Anderson has now been confirmed as both writer and director of the film, which will reportedly see Milla Jovovich’s Alice joined by a few familiar faces from the original Resident Evil video game and computer-animated movie universe – who have not shown up in live-action form before.

BD Horror News has confirmed that Anderson is directing his own screenplay for Retribution, like he did with the first and fourth Resident Evil movies (he scripted and produced the second and third films). Just like last year’s Resident Evil: Afterlife, the new installment will be shot in 3D.

Jovovich previously revealed that Retribution would see Alice travel to Japan in her continual fight against the evil Umbrella Corporation and its zombie spawn. No other significant plot details have been revealed about the film, which begins production this upcoming October.

One note of interest: earlier this year, Sienna Guillory revealed that she would be returning for Retribution as Ex-Special Tactics And Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) member Jill Valentine – who was revealed to be a mind-controlled pawn during a post-credits scene in Afterlife . However, BD has been informed that the part is actually going to be recast.

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While there’s been no official confirmation yet about whether or not Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller will be reprising their respective roles as Claire and Chris Redfield in Retribution, it would appear that Anderson is taking fan input to heart – by bringing onboard a couple of fan-favorite characters for the fifth Resident Evil flick.

One such fellow is Leon Scott Kennedy, who (in the Resident Evil 2 video game) had just begun his career as a cop in Raccoon City when the T-virus outbreak occurred. He also showed up as a secret government agent in the Resident Evil 4 game and appeared in the CGI film Resident Evil: Degeneration. A newspaper clipping claiming that Leon had been killed in the line of duty was shown briefly during the end credits of Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Obviously, there’s will have to be some retconning done in Retribution to account for that potential plot hole.

S.T.A.R.S. maintenance and weapon supply man (and good friend to Chris Redfield) Barry Burton will also be making an appearance in Retribution. There’s no word yet on what role he or Leon will play in the plot of the film – or what actors will be playing them – but expect that to change in the near future.

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While Resident Evil: Afterlife was generally considered to have fallen short of being a great adaptation of the popular video game series, most fans agree it was a move in the right direction. Plus, seeing how it netted almost $300 million worldwide in theaters, there’s clearly still an audience up for watching Jovovich and Co. kick some serious zombie butt. It helps that Retribution actually has a chance to become the best entry in the franchise yet (not all that difficult a task, but still…).

Resident Evil: Retribution is slated to hit 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on September 14th, 2012.

Source: BD Horror News

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  1. Jensen Ackles should play Leon S. Kennedy cause he’s awesome as Dean and they should bring back Carlos

  2. Jensen Ackles as Leon no contest

  3. 4 all u RE haters out there!, piss off f*€<rz!!! Not only are the games the best ever but the movies are just as good. I think the whole Alice concept is awesome and with Leon in the new movie things will come full circle. They need to actually put her in a RE game where u can aquire items

    • The whole Alice plot was garbage, sticking to the game story line would have been much better of a movie. Its not survival horror when you have some superhuman woman running around unable to be phased by anything… I remember after seeing the first one and thinking ok it will get better but each one I watch just sucks more and more.. they need to bring somebody on that actually knows the games story, because they left out so many important pieces. For god sakes they had the dead reanimating from graves in the one movie and that doesn’t make the slightest bit of sense.. I loved everyone of the games but and I hate to see the best game ever created get reresented so horribly by these stupid movies. I agree they need to start from scratch!!!!

    • I agree with you. We had never watched any of the Resident Evil Movies til Last News Years Eve when Afterlife came out and we watched ALL of them in a 2 day period….officially hooking us on them. While we did have 1 Resident Evil game, at that time, the movies only inspired us to start collecting a few of the games. Not really into All the games….Love Alice, Rain, Leon…..Jill, can take her or leave her part…I did like her in the 2nd Movie. Wish Carlos wouldn’t have died… :( #1 was cool in the first movie, so sucked he died..too.Was devasted about Rains death..:( The Leon/Ada saga gets on my nerves.(move on already with this one) Wish they would hurry up and put out another CGI movie of Resident Evil, really liked the first one. And I think it was Krausser, sad he had to go all bad…..Our family totally separates the games from the Movies so we don’t connect the two as one….The games are what they are GAMES and you THINK LEON, CLAIRE…..The MOVIES are owned by ALICE, Rain, and different characters that unfold throughout them. We can hardly wait for the 5th Movie, hope they make a 2nd CGI and the games could be better….the last one with Sheva, SUCKED…..we didn’t even buy it. Our thoughts and won’t change……More could be done to explain the G Virus, lickers etc…at some point the Zombies are going to have to be destroyed, humanity restored or just end the series…..Nothing can go on and on forver. :)

  4. *items where her powers grow.

  5. I REALLY hope Jensen Ackles is Leon, itll be a big let down if hes not

    • Me too he’ll be alot better than Aidan Bristow

  6. Don’t take away Alice, That’s the main reason to watch RE!!! :(

  7. Well, I read all the comments and I agree with most, I think this should be the last film, which ends here todo.soy the biggest fan of resident evil and I have all designed for the film, my dream would be to take my suggestions of truth is what I want besides more power to become a filmmaker or actriz.esta last delivery should be starring Alice and Leon, until I have thought the end of the movie.

  8. Its gonna suck cause they f**k up Leon by letting that Aidan Bristow play him

  9. Please don’t let that big eyebrowed Aidan Bristow play play Leon Kennedy I’d rather that Leon not be in the movie entirely if he’s gonna play him

    • Ackles or Ulrich for Leon, but Bristow is too unattractive and strange looking. I think Ackles looks the part but Ulrich is a stronger actor, though acting isn’t usually very important in these films anyways.

  10. I hope Ada Wong would also appear in RE5……

  11. Please keep Wentwerth Miller and Ali Larter in the 5th
    They played the role so well,
    Its a real big let down when you see different actors playing their role.