With a worldwide gross of $296 million, 2010′s Resident Evil: Afterlife was the best office performer yet of the video game-based Resident Evil film franchise. That made a fifth Resident Evil a no-brainer, so over the past year and change there’s been a steady stream of news, casting announcements, and set photos from the movie that would eventually be titled Resident Evil: Retribution.

Today we finally have the first real trailer for the Retribution, and it should be a treat for Resident Evil fans — once you get past the first 20+ seconds of Sony commercials, that is. Yep, Sony electronics ads actually make up over a third of the trailer. Watch it after the jump.

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Real Steel 2, Resident Evil: Retribution, and Riddick are in completely different stages of development at this point, but they all have one thing in common: Everyone wants to return for them. (Well, that and the fact that they all start with the letter R.) After the jump, read about the following:

  • Shawn Levy and Hugh Jackman are confirmed for Real Steel 2 — a week and a half before Real Steel 1 has even hit theaters.
  • Michelle Rodriguez becomes the latest former Resident Evil star to board the upcoming fifth installment.
  • Karl Urban agrees to reprise his role for the long-gestating Riddick.

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Chris Maybach has been enjoying excellent buzz for producing Sundance favorite Martha Marcy May Marlene, but don’t think he’s been resting on his laurels. Maybach has two more films in post-production — Sean Baker’s Starlet and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George — and is in the process of casting yet another project, which he will direct himself.

The new drama, titled The Low Road, follows a young drifter who returns to his hometown and gets wrapped up in a conflict involving two old men on the verge of losing their farm. Maybach told Screen Daily that he has put out offers to Nick Nolte and Tom Waits for the parts of the two older men, though as The Playlist points out, the $1 million budget means that getting both actors may be a bit of a stretch. (Waits has done a song called ‘Lowside of the Road,’ though, so that’s one more reason to think of him for the role.) The film is scheduled to begin shooting in late 2011 or early 2012.

After the jump, Peter Bogdanovich signs on for a supernatural thriller with Super 8 star Joel Courtney, and Colin Salmon looks for Retributon.

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We already knew a fifth Resident Evil film was on the way, so now comes the totally unsurprising news that Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson are set to return to the franchise once again. Jovovich, who’s starred in all four previous installments, will be reprising her role as protagonist Alice in Resident Evil: Retribution. Anderson, meanwhile, will be returning to the director’s chair. Although Anderson has written and produced all of the films in the series — he’s writing and producing the new one as well — he’s only directed two of the earlier entries: the original Resident Evil, and the 2010′s Resident Evil: Afterlife.

But while Jovovich and Anderson are boarding the film, it looks like another member of the team is on her way out. Read more details after the jump.

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Your asked for it, you got it. After Resident Evil: Afterlife outgrossed every single other film in the franchise, including a huge $200 million plus overseas, Sony just announced they’ll be releasing a fifth installment in their Resident Evil film series on September 14, 2012. They also gave an official release date to the currently in-production George Clooney political film The Ides of March. That’ll open October 14. We’ve got more info on both films after the jump. Read More »

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Briefly: With studio box office estimates putting the weekend haul for Resident Evil: Afterlife at $27.7m domestic and a total of $73m worldwide, it’s no surprise that there’s already a promise of a fifth film in the series. “This new Resident Evil is the first one to ever open at number one worldwide. It’s the biggest movie in the franchise,” Milla Jovovich told Vulture. “So we’re definitely going to make another one.”

Reportedly, Jovovich’s husband, director/producer Paul W.S. Anderson, already has ideas for a fifth film, but that he might solicit fan input as well. Saying that the team is planning to talk to fans via “Twitter and stuff” about what characters they want in the film, Jovovich says that the creation of the next film will be “a more interactive process.” My input, predictably, would be “please don’t make another one,” but there’s no chance that and similar requests will be factored in.

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