Production delays can strike any movie at any time, and for countless reasons. Sometimes, movies are delayed for financial purposes, like when studios go into the tank for more funds or look for cost savings in their existing budgets. Other times, delays occur in the face of more heartbreaking circumstances, such as the loss of a cast member or an utterly shocking national tragedy. And, of course, every now and again someone gets injured during shooting. Welcome to the biz; nobody said making movies was easy.
But every now and again a production pumps the brakes over positive turns of events, so chalk this up as a bit of good news/bad news: production on Resident Evil 6, Paul W.S. Anderson's long brewing capstone entry to the most veteran video game adaptation franchise in film history, will be delayed until the ultra packed summer of 2015. But it's not because anybody has been hurt, or because the money has run out, or because horrific world events dictate that any forward momentum on the project would be in poor taste.
Instead, Resident Evil 6 is being held off because Anderson and his wife, star and career badass Milla Jovovich, are expecting their second child. That seems like a much more positive reason for a movie to be put a movie on hold. Jovovich made the announcement herself via her Facebook account earlier today; apparently, she'd originally intended on posting about flying to Cape Town to begin filming, but having run into a slight case of pregnancy, she and Anderson have chosen to focus on family first instead of globe trotting zombie mayhem.
So Resident Evil enthusiasts will have to wait just a little bit longer to watch the continued adventures of Jovovich's Alice in a world overrun by T Virus monstrosities. Their decision seems like a no brainer (terrible pun partly intended), but read on to hear it from Jovovich herself:
So after a lot of discussion, we thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to wait till the baby is born before we set out to try and tackle an RE movie. Between the stunt work and what will become my ever-expanding belly, we didn’t think pregnancy and zombie killing are the best combo! Lol! I imagine the only thing I’ll be killing in the near future is an endless supply of cupcakes. Yikes…
Sound logic. There's more, too, including "thank yous" to the crew in South Africa that's already put in work to get Resident Evil 6 rolling and, of course, to her fans for being patient and understanding. (Not that anyone should reasonably hold it against her for prioritizing motherhood over filmmaking.) The end result, though, is that the film is on ice for up to a year; for everyone who just wants the series to die, this is probably a pretty good turn of events, but it just delays the inevitable.
In the interest of fairness, Resident Evil 6's shooting schedule has been totally wobbly from the word go; Anderson initially planned a rough starting time of fall 2013 for production, which would have given him all the time necessary to get the film in the can for its original projected September 12th, 2014 release. However, a handful of roadblocks, including a glacial screenwriting phase and post production travails on Pompeii, saw him fall on the back foot just a few months ago. So Anderson's professional developments from this past year suggest that Resident Evil 6 wouldn't be making its premiere date, pregnancy or no.
With all of that said, we here at Screen Rant would like to wish Jovovich and Anderson all the best with the latest addition to their family.
We'll keep you informed on Resident Evil 6's progress as more info comes in.
Source: Milla Jovovich's Facebook