You know it's about time to get pumped when you see Milla Jovovich creeping around the sleek interiors of the Umbrella Corporation as she continues with the zombie-slaying action and joins up with a resistance movement. Yep, director Paul W.S. Anderson - who's been involved with all five movies - is back for Resident Evil 6 and the wheels for the adaptation are well and truly in motion.
After the release of the first flick in 2002, the three sequels each grossed more than their predecessor, topping out at nearly $300 million for Resident Evil: Afterlife. Though the last installment, Resident Evil: Retribution, fell a few bucks short, it still raked in a whopping $240 million worldwide. With that said, more than a few people will be sad to see this franchise wrapped... And I'm one of them.
Another one of those people is, most probably, Anderson himself. Talking about the new movie, which recently acquired the title Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Anderson commented:
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].
And when prompted if this will actually be the last chapter in his Resident Evil universe, Anderson replied:
That’s what’s on the title page; it’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, so absolutely.
Resident Evil is one of the better video game to movie adaptations. But if the "final" chapter is to go out with a bang, here are some loose ends we want tying up...
Resurrect back the dead
One of the main draws of Retribution was the resurrection of past characters who'd died in previous flicks. Fan favorite, Michelle Rodriguez's Rain Ocampo was first infected by one of the zombies in Resident Evil before being not-so-glamorously shot in the head by Matt. If you thought that slight case of death was going to prevent her from coming back, however, you couldn't have been more wrong. Next, let's get all the Afterlife crew back and they can all have a huge, larger-than-life, zombie head-stomping party. Anyone in?
Find a zombie virus cure
The "T-virus" (or "Tyrant-virus" to us Resident Evil nerds), is the RNA virus developed by the international pharmaceutical company Umbrella. Unlike RE4 and RE5, however, the Resident Evil 6 game included zombies that weren't, in fact, victims of the T-virus - meaning that even those we thought were cured were still susceptible to infection! Listen, I love zombies, and I want them to be as culturally relevant as possible, but it's good for zombies to ebb and flow in and out of pop culture, so I think it's time to stop flogging the undead horse. Let's see Resident Evil 6 find a cure...
Let Alice chill out... Just for a bit
Milla Jovovich has played Alice in each and every Resident Evil, alongside her helmer hubby Anderson. But unlike the franchise, Jovovich is not everlasting, and she'll have to stop at some point. Or, at least take a mentoring backseat to a younger lead (shame she doesn't actually have clones like her character does...). For The Final Chapter, let's offer poor old Alice some kind of resolution. Sure, another "to be continued" sort of cliffhanger - because that's such a major part of this series - but also a glimpse of comeuppance for Umbrella Corp. Let's make those bastards pay!
I'll miss these ridiculous films