Though you’re no doubt aware of the Resident Evil film series’ existence, what you may not know is that the franchise—which takes place in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and follows Milla Jovovich’s Alice as she takes on the shady Umbrella organization—is actually one of the most successful video game adaptations ever made. After the release of the first film in 2002, the following three sequels each grossed more than their predecessor, topping out at nearly $300 million for Resident Evil: Afterlife. Though the last installment, Residence Evil: Retribution, fell about $50 million short of Afterlife, it still raked in an impressive $240 million worldwide. Fans have been eager for information regarding the next film—including whether it might be the last—and now we have some revealing updates about Resident Evil 6 to share straight from director/franchise godfather Paul W.S. Anderson.
Steve recently landed an exclusive interview with Anderson, who revealed that he’s currently in the midst of writing the first draft for Resident Evil 6, which is tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Yes, it appears that the series is indeed coming to a close. Hit the jump for much more.
Though there were previously rumors that Resident Evil 6 would be in theaters as soon as September 2014, that is obviously not the case as production hasn’t even begun yet. Anderson told us that he’s currently in the middle of writing the script, and revealed the tentative titled for what’s shaping up to be the concluding chapter of the series:
“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the working title. It may end up being the final title, but that’s what’s written on the front page of my script… I’m right in the middle of [the first draft].”
Though the film is certainly a “go”, Anderson said they haven’t yet set a production start-date:
“There are no set dates for shooting yet. I think we’re waiting until we have a first draft screenplay and then go from there.”
As for the release date, that’s apparently dependent upon when the script is finished as well:
“I don’t know [when it will be in theaters], depends how fast I write, I guess. There’s no set date yet but hopefully we’ll have an announcement for that soon.”
The title of the film would seem to imply that this the end for Resident Evil as a film series, and Steve asked Anderson if the filmmaker is writing the script as if it’s the concluding chapter:
“That’s what’s on the title page, it’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, so absolutely.”
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