Promise of Resident Evil 4 Limps Along Like a Zombie
Sure, it's an undead carrot of good news, but it piques my horror curiosity nonetheless. With the success of the third installment of the Resident Evil franchise (with $147.7 million worldwide), it's typically just a mathematics decision for launching another film in the series. However, considering the presumed conclusion of the franchise with the aptly named Extinction last year and the widely reported news that sexy zombie slayer Milla Jovovich would be retreating from the series, talks for another installment have been slow. MTV caught up with writer/producer Paul W.S. Anderson recently and talked with him about the prospect for a fourth movie. "I'm just starting to talk to Sony about it. I don't even know if anything will come of it, but there's a possibility it might happen."
Don't hate me, but I do hope the undead rise again. I'm a glutton for zombie films and definitely enjoy Resident Evil for its value on that front, however shallow and formulaic. I'm not so sure I would enjoy the story as much, however, without Jovovich. If you've seen Extinction, you'd know that a continuation of the story could go in either of two directions: to Alaska with Claire Redfield (played by Ali Larter of "Heroes") or to Japan with Jovovich. Considering that Jovovich might be done with the big action movies for some time, it seems likely that Larter might step up as the lead heroine. I wouldn't hate that idea, exactly, but it would take me some time to welcome Larter into my zombie-loving heart.
In terms of the story, Anderson says, "I love the Resident Evil franchise and we always try to make the best possible movie we can. If we could find a good Resident Evil 4 to make, then we would do it. But I wouldn't just do it for the sake of it, that's for sure." Time will tell if he can come up with a good, bloody hook for a plot, but it's not like the bar is very high. Personally, I'd love to see the series go to a simpler, more contained place like the original. Starting off in Umbrella's underground lab, the series has increasingly grown in scale, encompassing a city in the second installment and the entire US in the third. That being said, having a small town, wintry environment in Alaska might be too reminiscent of 30 Days of Night.
As for schedules, Jovovich is slated next to star alongside Steven Zahn in the killer thriller A Perfect Getaway, followed by other steady projects. Larter, on the other hand, has a film titled Obsessed slated for 2009 and that looks to be about it. I guess it's no surprise when Larter enthusiastically says that she'd return to Resident Evil "100%" if asked. Should there be a Resident Evil 4?