Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D gets director
Resident Evil: Afterlife, as the fourth in the series is currently being called, has just gained a director, and if the talk is true then it's a hell of a surprising choice.
However there's more news appeared online about it, in that it's set to race into production, be the start of a brand new trilogy, and be shot just like James Cameron's Avatar.
Seriously, I'm not joking, that's what the plan is for the next Resident Evil film.
It was just announced through Production Weekly and AITH that the director for Resident Evil: Afterlife would be none other than Paul W.S. Anderson, the man who is behind the series and directed the first film, the first AVP: Alien vs. Predator, and Death Race. Of course he's had a couple of good films in his past, Event Horizon and Soldier, but nothing to really rival them since.
While many people have a go at the Resident Evil franchise I have to admit to enjoying them, they aren't ground breaking or wonderful pieces of cinema, but they are entertaining and have a cool style to them.
However I'm really concerned about the desire to film them in 3D. What is good is that it's the newly developed 3D used in Avatar, which would suggest that it's going to be looking good and has great potential, however the desire just to throw things at the camera will increase tenfold with a Resident Evil film.
"I always envisioned Resident Evil as a trilogy of films...and we've been very lucky where it's a trilogy where the audience has built and built. I wanted to kick off a brand new trilogy. I'm really excited we're doing it [in 3-D] and we're using the same camera system [James] Cameron used for Avatar. There are a lot of exciting things about this one. I don't regard it as Resident Evil 4, I regard it as a re-tooling and rebirth of the entire franchise."
Apparently he also said that this film will have the largest budget to date of the series, and that some of the characters from the previous films will be returning for this outing. We already know from Milla Jovovich herself that she's returning, the question will be will she go on for another two films? Will the series? More to the point will this film work in 3D or will it resort to the gimmicks of throwing everything at the camera?