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.
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.
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