Paul W.S. Anderson Confirms 'Resident Evil 6' Will Be the Last One

June 17, 2014

Resident Evil

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.

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Uh huh I'm sure. "So right now Resident Evil fans will have an unknown amount of time to wait" I don't know if Resident Evil fans are the ones watching these.

OfficialJab on Jun 17, 2014


I'd actually like to know WHO is watching them. Zombies maybe because I don't know anyone alive who can stand them

syntaxterror on Jun 17, 2014


Just like how Michael Bay said Transformers 3 was going to be his last one right?

DJ Jack Ryan Hardy on Jun 17, 2014


As much as I love to hate on Michael bay the transformers movies are a lot of fun visually. I don't know if anyone else could make a transformers movie as eye popping as him.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 17, 2014


I think what you mean to say is that you haven't seen anyone else try it. The only thing I'm uncertain anyone other than Michael Bay could do is manage to turn them into boring CGI-porn fests, totally bereft of plot, substantive characters, or anything that would constitute a redeeming quality outside of the demo level screensaver-esque work done by Canadian studios to deliver it to the screen.

Guest on Jun 17, 2014


Plenty of other people could manage a visually stunning film. Michael Bay is unique in that he's probably one of the few people in Hollywood that can completely strip a film of any spirit, substantive characters, coherent plot, or virtually any other odd & end that makes a film worth watching. The only exception would be the bells & whistles he leaves for the less experienced viewers. However, I suppose some people are content staring at what equates to a financial excuse for producing 3 hours of CGI action-porn.

Rob on Jun 17, 2014


Okay you guys don't have to lecture me on Michael Bay's inability to make a film that isn't only skin deep. But Bay will still be producing, he will pick the director. It's not like we're going to get a Gareth Edwards for a JJ Abrams. It's still going to be the same movie. But with a director that perhaps can't manage the visuals let alone the depth.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 17, 2014


If TMNT is any indication of what is to come then it only gets worse from here..which I wasn't sure was possible.

Rob on Aug 21, 2014


So... according to Anderson, he makes "great 3D movies"? Ummm... No. Just... Sorry, but no. The Resident Evil movies are complete and utter sh!t. He may be thinking about 3D, but he's forgotten about the other parts of making a good movie. Like, perhaps, plot and dialog?

robross0606 on Jun 17, 2014


I dunno, I think his movies are usually pretty fun, including these ones. High art, they are not.

OfficialJab on Jun 17, 2014


I will say this, the first few Resident Evil films are not so bad. Granted you just have to forget they are based off a video game and becomes a standard B movie fare. The last 2 imo have been beyond awful and where it really started to jump the shark entirely especially Retribution which was near unwatchable with it's ridiculous over slow motion. If they made a Resident Evil movie closer to the games it would be 100x better. There is so much great survival horror elements they could use but instead they simply threw it all away and turned it into a mindless action movie.

DJ Jack Ryan Hardy on Jun 17, 2014


I didn't see the last one, I heard there were motorcycle zombies? I thought Afterlife was pretty cool. And goofy of course, but the final scenes being totally off the wall was my favourite part.

OfficialJab on Jun 17, 2014


The last one was indeed terrible. They literally tried making it like some shitty leveling up tower game. I suppose writing that now, that was kind of how the first one played, but the last one was terrible.

DAVIDPD on Jun 17, 2014


There may not ever be a cure to the T-virus, but it looks like there's finally a cure in sight for this heavily battered and emotionally abused franchise. They've only been one step removed from Uwe Boll's drivel for the last 3 films. 1 & 2 were fun, but the paint peels off very quickly and with diminishing returns when you constantly choose style over substance. Not that it would require much more substance in order to make it exponentially better, but it won't receive any so I guess it's moot.

Rob on Jun 17, 2014


Killing off Alice for the 'grand finale' might be a redeeming quality of this overplayed series.

Chris Groves on Jun 17, 2014


And that's already 6 too many.

Themetris on Jun 18, 2014


How does this sh1t keep getting finance?

Payne by name on Jun 20, 2014


Is it me or does that zombie in that pic, look like Jackie Chan?

Joe_poo on Jun 22, 2014

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