Paul W.S. Anderson Confirms 'Resident Evil 6' Will Be the Last One
by Ethan Anderton
June 17, 2014
Over a year ago, we confirmed that director Paul W.S. Anderson would indeed be back to direct another installment of the long-running video game franchise Resident Evil, starring his wife Milla Jovovich. Originally, the next film in the series was supposed to arrive this September, but obviously, that's not going to happen. However, Collider recently spoke to Anderson, who revealed some details about the impending sequel, including that this will likely be the last film in the franchise. “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].” So there's no start date yet, but the film is happening.
A new release date hasn't been chosen just yet, since Anderson is still writing the script, so that needs to be completed before all the other pieces fall into place:
“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. 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.”
As for what we can expect in this final chapter, Anderson didn't divulge any plot details, but he did discuss his approach to 3D and how it's present in his mind when writing the film, not just an afterthought:
“I firmly believe that you have to start thinking about the 3D even in the writing process. You cannot make a great 3D movie by just—it’s not some special sauce that you can sprinkle on. You make the dish and then you make hot sauce on top—it doesn’t work well like that. Yes, you can do a last minute conversion. You can not shoot the movie thinking about 3D and do a last minute conversion and it can be a 3D movie, it’s just not gonna be a great 3D movie. I approach my films right from the inception, I kind of write action scenes and pick out locations that I think and know—because I’ve done so much of it—will translate very well into 3D. Then when we build the sets, we build sets that I know will shoot well in 3D. It’s really, even from this point, 3D is something I’m definitely thinking about.”
So right now Resident Evil fans will have an unknown amount of time to wait until the sixth film in the video game franchise heads to the big screen. With Anderson working on the script right now, there's a good bet we won't see the film until 2016, but that's just speculation on our part. The takeaway here is that the film is certainly in the works, and it will bring an end to all the craziness we've seen unfold before. And then we'll probably get a reboot franchise sometime in the next decade, becasue that's just how things work.