The last we heard on director Paul W.S. Anderson’s final Resident Evil film, was that Li Bingbing could be returning as Ada Wong, and that the film will be called either Resident Evil 6: Rising, or Rising Resident Evil. Naturally, Milla Jovovich has been set to return as Alice from the beginning.
We also know that the film will not be getting its original release plan of September 2014, and production has not even begun yet on the sixth film in the franchise. However, Anderson is currently writing the film, and the last release update announced was that the film could be ready for cinemas sometime next year.
Collider caught up with Anderson this week, and managed to get some updates on the state of play of the now titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter:
Firstly Anderson spoke about the films latest title:
“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].”
When asked when exactly the film will start production, the director didn’t really have an answer:
“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.”
I think we all know by now that the sixth film will be the finale of the series, but Anderson confirmed this anyway:
“That’s what’s on the title page, it’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, so absolutely.”
Finally, he talked about shooting the film again in 3D, and how he plans this into making the feature:
“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.”
You can read the full interview with Anderson on Collider