Production Weekly reports via their Twitter feed that Paul W.S. Anderson will return to the director's chair for Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth movie in the live-action series.
This is both good and bad news. For one, Resident Evil was easily the best of the previous three films. The bad news is it was only okay. With the series spiraling out of control in the desert-set Extinction and its super-powered heroine Alice, but ending with a focus on the sinister corporation Umbrella, Afterlife has a chance. Of course, I've said that every single time a Resident Evil movie gets released.
Anderson confirmed the news to IGN at the Comic-Con and previewed some of his big plans for the movie:
In many ways it's a continuation of the last movie. Milla [Jovovich] will be returning, we'll also have some kind of unexpected characters from the video game making an appearance and also from some of the earlier movies. It's going to be a bigger and better Resident Evil. They're giving me more money to make it than ever before. We're gonna do in 3-D using the same camera system that [James] Cameron used in Avatar, you know, so it's going to be new and improved and I'm very, very excited about it.
Characters from the video games? What will Anderson think of next? When asked if Anderson had ever used 3-D, the director stammered a bit: "I-I haven't shot in 3-D before, But I certainly spent the last few months immersing myself in it." Anderson went on to say he's seen ever movie shot in 3-D. Hope you do your homework Anderson, because you can't build a website just by surfing the internet.
When it comes to what games might influence the movie Anderson replied: "We're leaning quite heavily on Resident Evil 5, you know, one of the biggest and the best games and we're taking a lot of inspiration from it."
So Milla and the gang won't be able to move and aim their weapons? Sounds exciting! Can't wait to watch them run away from the zombies, then turn around and aim and then fire. Also, when didn't Resident Evil: Extinction end in Tokyo? How're they going to head over to Africa? Wait a minute, Anderson! You're not using the game at all, are you? Tricked me again!
To see the whole interview, plus Anderson in a real douche-y Black Sabbath t-shirt, watch it below:
Resident Evil: Afterlife starts production in September and will hit theaters September 17, 2010.