Paul W.S. Anderson has written all five Resident Evil movies to date (and directed three of them), but he is planning to finish his run on the video game movie series with the upcoming sixth installment. Tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the movie will once again star Milla Jovovich as creature-fighter Alice, who must prevent the Red Queen (the supercomputer that now controls all T-virus monsters) from wiping out humanity - and thus stop the evil Umbrella Corporation, once and for all.
The fifth Resident Evil film, Resident Evil: Retribution, ended on a cliffhanger that set up the plot for The Final Chapter, but the latter ended up being delayed from its original September 2014 release date; first, because Anderson took longer to write the script than originally expected, then again when Jovovich became pregnant. However, as promised by Jovovich in her last major update on the film's progress, it appears production on The Final Chapter will begin at last before Summer 2015 draws to a close.
Jovovich has long kept fans of the Resident Evil movies up to speed on the franchise's developments via her social media channels, and for her latest update she revealed herself getting a face cast for The Final Chapter (before filming starts in South Africa, with Anderson calling the shots once again). Check out the photo from Jovovich's Instagram account, below:
Well, the moment so many of you have been waiting for is finally here where I can tell you that it's zombie killing season for the Jovovich-Anderson clan! Here I am getting my face cast made for "resident evil: the final chapter"!! I leave to South Africa tomorrow to start prepping for the movie! #residentevilmovie #ladiary
The last four Resident Evil movies have opened in theaters in September and The Final Chapter isn't expected to break from that tradition. After all, these Anderson-led video game adaptations have never amassed a strong enough following to compete with the usual summer blockbusters, but have found their niche in the 'tentpole off-season'. The Final Chapter should finish the series on a solid note at the box office (since fans will want to see how Anderson ends Alice's story), if it snags the September 2nd, 2016 release date that's rumored. This would also give it room to breathe after films like Suicide Squad hit the theater scene, too.
Resident Evil: Retribution may have been guilty of overcomplicating the mythology laid out in previous installments (among other things), but The Final Chapter has a pretty straight-forward task: deliver a satisfying final boss climax for this video game-based movie franchise. All things considered, Anderson should be able to clear that (not exactly high) bar and craft a fairly shiny, action-packed conclusion that pleases this series' fans. If you're not a fan of these movies, well, don't worry, the end is near...
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is expected to reach theaters in September 2016. We'll let you know if that changes.
Source: Milla Jovovich