With Resident Evil: Apocalypse only a few weeks away, it seems only logical for the studios to begin talk of a third film just in case the sequel does extremely well. Inside Paul W.S. Anderson talks about his involvement with the franchise and his hopes for sticking with it until the end. ‘Resident Evil 2’ hits theaters September 10th.
Sci Fi Wire writes:
Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote and produced the upcoming zombie sequel film Resident Evil: Apocalypse, told SCI FI Wire that he would like to oversee a third installment in the video-game-inspired franchise. “I think it’s a franchise that has legs, and I would very much like to see a third movie,” the filmmaker said in an interview. “I don’t know if I’d direct it. I think it would have to depend on what happens.” Anderson (Alien vs. Predator) also wrote, produced and directed the first Resident Evil movie, which is based on the best-selling Capcom game series.
Anderson, who passed on directing Apocalypse to helm Alien vs. Predator, added, “Either way, whether I directed it or not, it would be a franchise I would want to stay very much in control of and very involved in. There’s a broad range of stories to tell, a very wide Resident Evil universe, so there are a lot of potential stories that we could do that would be tied in to the video games.”
In Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Milla Jovovich returns as Alice, joining newcomers Oded Fehr, Jared Harris, Sandrine Holt and Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine, Alice’s equal in butt-kicking. Anderson describes Apocalypse as a “direct continuation” of the first Resident Evil. “At the end of the first movie the Umbrella Corp. are going to reopen the Hive and discover what went on down there,” Anderson said. “And at the start of this movie that’s what they do. And the infection, the T-virus, escapes and infects Raccoon City, which is above the laboratory. The story then basically takes place over 24 hours, as the city is completely overrun with undead and is actually sealed by the Umbrella Corp. so that no one is allowed out of it. And we follow a handful of survivors as they attempt to escape the city. The survivors include Alice, who survived from the first movie, and she hooks up with well-known characters from the video-game series, and Jill Valentine is one of those characters.” Resident Evil: Apocalypse opens on Sept. 10.”