It seems customary these days for sequels to get the green light before the verdict is out on the prior release - as franchise superstar, Milla Jovovich, reveals that director Paul W.S. Anderson is already working on Resident Evil 5.
The fact that a Resident Evil 5 is en route comes as no surprise. After all is said and done, Resident Evil: Afterlife should rake in the biggest box office cash-in of the franchise. It has already nailed the #1 spot in its opening week - a first for the zombie-action series (read our review).
Interestingly, Jovovich told New York Magazine that Anderson intends to turn to his fans for sequel-material. Through social networking sites, the director will take the fans' wishes into account when developing the story for Resident Evil 5.
At San Diego Comic-Con, it was clear Anderson continues to pump out sequels because he loves the franchise - but he is also very passionate about the fans, desperately seeking new ways to impress them - thus the "revolutionary" implementation of 3D in Resident Evil: Afterlife.
Anderson's wife, and Resident Evil series star, Milla Jovovich is just as passionate about the franchise. In her excitement, she openly discusses the development of a fifth chapter in the saga.
"This new Resident Evil is the first one to ever open at number one worldwide. It’s the biggest movie in the franchise. So we’re definitely going to make another one. We’ve been talking to a lot of fans on Twitter and stuff, so it’s probably going to be one of the first movies where we really talk to fans to see what they want, and what characters they want to see. It's going to be a more interactive process."
This isn't the first time a production has gone directly to the fans for support. Sylvester Stallone's new Twitter account has been loaded with questions and possibilities aimed at fans of The Expendables. His account is an open buffet for ideas regarding villains and plot in the development of The Expendables 2.
Jon Favreau paid close attention to the fans when making Iron Man 2. Studio involvement may have distracted the director's intentions, but his affinity for the comic-book-lovers has created a more interactive atmosphere in his films.
Paranormal Activity also used the power of social networking - to promote their film through word of mouth. There is no question its success is a result of social media.
If you ever though your input on the future of a franchise was worthless, look again. Christopher Nolan may not be reading the forums to decide if The Riddler should be in Batman 3, but Paul W.S. Anderson is giving you the highest priority in his development process.
So get out there and share the direction you want to see his franchise go in the comments.
Source: New York Magazine