I didn’t always have a soft spot for the Resident Evil movies, but I developed one over time, especially as it became clear that this trashy, silly, and hilariously convoluted series was just going to keep going and going and going. Even when they’re at their least comprehensible, these films have been a strong showcase for Milla Jovovich as an action hero and watching her find new and bloody ways to combat armies of monsters, mutants, and zombies has, more often than not, been worth the price of admission.
Now, the series looks to be coming to an end with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and the first trailer has arrived. And yet, let’s not take that subtitle too literally yet – you’d need a few hands to count the number of franchises that continued beyond the entry that contained “final” in the title.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits, we take a look at:
- Jurassic World‘s really crazy Blu-ray and DVD promotion.
- How Iron Sky 2 is defying typical distribution.
- A Korean superstar joins Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
- Paul Verhoeven teases a Showgirls 2.
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back rounds out its cast.
And more, after the jump.
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Principal photography on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is now underway in South Africa, and as we confirmed previously by way of returning cast member Ali Larter, this will be the final installment of the ongoing Resident Evil film franchise (though that doesn’t preclude a reboot from happening years from now).
And with shooting commencing across the globe, Screen Gems has announced the full cast for the film that will again be directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who also wrote the screenplay for the video game sequel. We already know Milla Jovovich is back in the lead role as Alice (and we’ve seen a photo of her getting to work on set), but there’s a few other returning cast members too. Read More »
How many Resident Evil movies are they going to make and who still watches these “films”? I ask myself this question whenever a new Resident Evil movie is announced. And while Resident Evil 6 is tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, that isn’t a binding contract. (Remember in 2009, when the The Final Destination was marketed as the last film in that franchise?). But returning Resident Evil franchise star Ali Larter (who will play Claire Redfield for the third time) promises this film will actually mark the end of the franchise.
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Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
If you’re no longer able to make money off of a property on the big screen, why not take it to the small one? Constantin Film announced this weekend it is planning TV shows based on its Resident Evil film series, the 2013 franchise non-starter The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and 2006’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
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Entering its 23rd year, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has a simple directive: to scare you senseless. While the haunted mazes inspired by original and obscure content offer plenty of chills, the main draw is being able to step inside a beloved horror franchise. This year’s incarnation dares fans to confront the demons of Evil Dead, the lickers of Resident Evil, the lycanthropes of An American Werewolf in London, the shuffling walkers of The Walking Dead, and the smorgasbord of baddies beneath The Cabin in the Woods. Universal Studios invited /Film to a V.I.P. – sorry, R.I.P – opening night, beginning with a special walk-through with the creator of a bona fide classic. Read More »
Universal theme parks all over the globe have some impressive improvements happening soon, plus Disneyland reveals a brand new stage show. Read about the following in this edition of Theme Park Bits.
- Universal Orlando is expanding its Springfield area around The Simpsons Ride with several iconic locations.
- Another Universal Studio location will let you actually shoot zombies, as in Resident Evil.
- Interactive, talking Transformers Optimus Prime and Megatron are now at Universal Hollywood.
- Watch the full video of the brand new Disneyland stage show, Mickey and the Magical Map.
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Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
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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