Paul W.S. Anderson wants to tackle two classics after Resident Evil: Afterlife: Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling The Three Musketeers and Buck Rogers, the sci-fi hero from the 1979 TV show and long-running comic script. What business he has screwing with either is an argument to table for another time, since he's got the gigs already, and, frankly, the trailer for Afterlife doesn't look half bad.
At WonderCon, Anderson talked to a variety of outlets about almost every project he's either working on, looking to work on, or rumored to be working on. Anderson told FEARnet that his rumored Castlevania is still grounded at the moment.
Other than I love the property and I love the idea of making a Castlevania movie, it's kind of up in the air, that film, right now.
Anderson will not be directing Death Race 2: Frankenstein Lives, but will be staying on as executive producer for the movie, which is a fancy way of saying he likely won't be too involved. Anderson certainly knew the storyline, however.
Death Race 2 is Frankenstein Lives – it's the prequel. If you remember the start of the original movie, there was a little bit of text that describes how the Death Race was created. And we thought it would be fun to go back and actually show the audience the creation of the Death Race. So the movie deals with the creation of the original Frankenstein, which is the guy see dying right at the start of the first movie. And we tell his story, how he started, how he became involved in the Death Race, and how he became horrendously disfigured and the man in the mask.
Anderson is currently in love with 3-D and says that "everything I'm shooting from now on is with the Cameron Pace-Fusion Camera system," which would include Three Musketeers and Buck Rogers. And speaking of Buck, Anderson detailed his plans for what Buck might be like in a conversation with MTV.
"I loved that [Gil Gerard] TV show. It's not going to be that, but it is the same theme as Buck Rogers has always been since the 1920s. It's a relatable man of today who is flung into the far future. But, it's not going to be Lycra bodysuits.
And that of course is a shame for anyone that remembers Erin Gray's character from the show. What about Twiki, Buck's robot buddy?
Obviously we're going to be respectful of the past Buck Rogers [incarnations], but this is something very much about the future, reinventing the character. [Twiki] was an addition to the serial and was heavily influenced obviously by Star Wars.
But what about Afterlife, arriving September 10? Anything to say about that, Paul? Yes, he expressed more love of 3-D to MTV News.
My intention was to make this like T2 was to The Terminator. It's the same franchise, but it's bigger and it's improved and it's making a large conceptual leap. In terms of me coming back as a director, 3D was a big part of that. Avatar was a big influence on us.
The difference is Avatar is predominantly a 60% animated movie, and all I have is CG. But I can't tell you how beautiful this camera system makes movies look in 3D, and how much depth you get.