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Why Hollywood remains infatuated with Resident Evil movies

John Gaudiosi | Jan. 26, 2012
Do you love movies based off popular video game franchises? Then you'll be excited to hear that Sony Pictures is already promoting Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth film in the franchise.

After taking a break from the series Anderson returned to direct Resident Evil: Afterlife, the first 3D movie adaptation of a videogame franchise. The $60 million film, which employed the same camera equipment that James Cameron used in Avatar, exploded at the box office with a $296 million haul in 2010. Resident Evil: Retribution 3D will be the fifth film in the series, and with Anderson remaining in the director’s chair to wield an even bigger budget it's clear that Hollywood isn't going to stop pouring money into this franchise.

The two franchises will actually converge for the first time this fall with both the movie and the new game shipping in the same window.

When asked if an original character from the film, like Alice, could appear in a Resident Evil game or DLC in the future, Christian Svensson, corporate officer and senior vice president at Capcom replied, “Conceivably. But the way the film and game franchises have evolved in parallel universes, any overlap would get tricky because the films and games go in different directions.”

“It’s been hard to plan converging and cross promoting in the past,” agreed Anderson. “But the fact is the movies and the videogames, in a broader sense, do have a synergy and a symbiotic relationship because they are all pushing the same title and the same brand.”

And that brand shows no signs of failing; fan favorites like Ada Wong and Leon S. Kenney will get their big screen debut this November, and there are already plans for these characters to return in the proposed sixth movie. Anderson claims Retribution is building up to a final climax for this second trilogy of films. But more movies could be made, assuming the box office is there.

“I could see a prequel trilogy and possibly spinning out another character,” said Bolt. “The really exciting thing for us as producers and for Paul as a director, is when you have a franchise that works, it gives everyone confidence so you can get creative under the umbrella of the franchise.”

Gamers can look forward to a double dose of Resident Evil on the big screen and then in the new game this fall.

 

 

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