After a trilogy of films, Resident Evil went the way of 3D and blew the box office apart. Resident Evil: Afterlife took some notes from the latest video game in the franchise, added 3D, and brought in almost $300 million worldwide during its theatrical run, literally doubling the revenue of its predecessor (read: insta-green-light for Resident Evil 5).
It didn’t take long for Sony Screen Gems to set an official release date for Resident Evil 5 with Milla Jovovich set to return, undoubtedly alongside the principal cast of Afterlife. Jovovich loves the franchise as much as fans do, and along with joining husband and director Paul W.S. Anderson in asking for fan input for RE5, she’s been responding to a few questions about the film on her Twitter account, revealing a few interesting details.
Each of the three sequels of the Resident Evil series has come with a subtitle (Apocalypse, Extinction, Afterlife) and it appears RE5 will follow the same path, going with the title Resident Evil: Retribution. At least, that’s what Jovovich tweeted before deleting. I’ve translated the tweet for you:
“It’s not called “Begins” [laughs]! It “began” 10 years ago! [laughs]! I think it’s called Resident Evil: Retribution, but I have to ask Paul to be sure.”
By “Begins,” the star is referring to the previously rumored franchise reboot titled Resident Evil: Begins which won’t be happening anytime soon with the success of the franchise as Jovovich as its poster girl.
Another tweet reveals that they will be shooting at least part of the next film in Japan which, from a story perspective, hints that her character may return to the ruins of the Umbrella facility in Tokyo which was blown up by Albert Wesker’s bomb in the last film.
“I pray for Japan every day and I can’t wait to go there and shoot the next Resident Evil!”
The Japanese division of Umbrella plays a key role in the video game franchise so take from that what you will. There’s a lot to look forward to from the video games as well, with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Resident Evil: Mercenaries on the way.
Resident Evil 5 is scheduled to hit theaters September 14, 2012 and will see the return of Sienna Guillory, likely alongside Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller and Spencer Locke.
Source: Milla Jovovich