Anderson Updates Resident Evil 4

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Say what you will about the “Resident Evil” movies, but to me, they’re the perfect example of popcorn entertainment: fast-paced, substance-free, and pretty darn entertaining as long as you know what you’re getting. Sure, every single one of the three previous films could have been better, but you know what? You can pretty much say that about every movie with Paul W.S. Anderson’s name attached to it in some form or another. The guy has always been good, but never great. So yes, I am liking the news that we’ll be getting a “Resident Evil 4″ sometime soon, though Anderson declines to comment on the storyline or whether Claire Redfield (played by Ali Larter in the previous installment) will pick up the mantle from Milla Jovovich’s Alice, or if Alice will continue her zombie fighting ways.

Here is Anderson’s interview with IGN:

“I’m writing a script right now. The script side is happening,” Anderson explained.

“Once again we’re doing it completely with the blessing of [Capcom]. We got a lot of flack [on the sequels] for, ‘Why isn’t the movie set in the mansion just exactly like the very first videogame?’ That’s just not progression for me. As the Resident Evil videogames themselves have developed in leaps and bounds — it’s like when we did the last movie people were like, ‘Resident Evil doesn’t take place in the desert. What the (expletive) is this?’ Well, where does Resident Evil take place? Does it take place in Raccoon City exclusively? Well, I don’t think so because the game has been in Antarctica, in Raccoon City, now it’s in Africa.”

Anderson continued, “The game is constantly and so is the movie franchise. We’re doing it very much in conjunction with the developers of the videogame to give the audience something fresh but something that fits within the world of the videogame.”

The last time we saw Alice in “Resident Evil: Extinction”, she was heading off to do some more Umbrella Corporation smashing, while Claire Redfield was taking some survivors to Alaska. The movie sort of left it wide open as to who the franchise was going to follow next — Alice or Claire? I’m more inclined to go the Claire route, as haven’t we already seen Alice do pretty much everything by now after three movies? What are they going to do to her character next, give her Neo-like superpowers? Okay, so maybe they were already starting in on that road by the end of “Extinction”…

If Anderson is interested in starting fresh, he’ll go with Claire, but if he and Capcom wants to play it safe and ensure that their moneymaker continues to roll, they’ll go back to Alice. And considering Anderson’s history of playing it safe, I’m guessing Alice will be back.

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  • Dave

    I think Allice and the clones should take care of the umbrella corp. on a one way mission then follow Claire! Most of the next movie should take care of Allice and head more and more to Alaska around mid movie. Perhaps, a clone can slip through the cracks in Allices final stand so that hot chick that got most of the guys to see the first movie can show up now and then!

  • Dave

    I think Allice and the clones should take care of the umbrella corp. on a one way mission then follow Claire! Most of the next movie should take care of Allice and head more and more to Alaska around mid movie. Perhaps, a clone can slip through the cracks in Allices final stand so that hot chick that got most of the guys to see the first movie can show up now and then!

  • Jesse

    I for one like how Alice is kicking *ss and at the end of resident evil extinction i was thinking like there’s going to be a big war. They should make it so Claire and the others come back to help Alice again then the real Alice dies after the others cause they can’t fight as good as her because their clones then the others finish it that way they would play it safe and we would be able to follow Claire. Besides what could happen in africa the zombies get smart and start using guns. Also i don’t think Alice needs anymore powers like flying but if they make it so she has to fight a clone or something i think that would be cool. Bring the stories together and this time don’t let all the other main characters die like Carlos did and LJ. Also i think everyone wants to know what happened to Jill and the Rebecca. I was hoping they would at least do a flash back to show what happened while Alice wasn’t there.

  • Jesse

    I for one like how Alice is kicking *ss and at the end of resident evil extinction i was thinking like there’s going to be a big war. They should make it so Claire and the others come back to help Alice again then the real Alice dies after the others cause they can’t fight as good as her because their clones then the others finish it that way they would play it safe and we would be able to follow Claire. Besides what could happen in africa the zombies get smart and start using guns. Also i don’t think Alice needs anymore powers like flying but if they make it so she has to fight a clone or something i think that would be cool. Bring the stories together and this time don’t let all the other main characters die like Carlos did and LJ. Also i think everyone wants to know what happened to Jill and the Rebecca. I was hoping they would at least do a flash back to show what happened while Alice wasn’t there.

  • Jesse

    I for one like how Alice is kicking *ss and at the end of resident evil extinction i was thinking like there’s going to be a big war. They should make it so Claire and the others come back to help Alice again then the real Alice dies after the others cause they can’t fight as good as her because their clones then the others finish it that way they would play it safe and we would be able to follow Claire. Besides what could happen in africa the zombies get smart and start using guns. Also i don’t think Alice needs anymore powers like flying but if they make it so she has to fight a clone or something i think that would be cool. Bring the stories together and this time don’t let all the other main characters die like Carlos did and LJ. Also i think everyone wants to know what happened to Jill and the Rebecca. I was hoping they would at least do a flash back to show what happened while Alice wasn’t there.

  • http://wikipedia.org/ DarthYotho

    I would like to indeed see something “fresh” in association with Capcom. Bring some extra characters to the mix and make RE: Movie 4 sort of like a movie that plays out from different perspectives and intertwining. And characters keeping contact and having relations to one another.

    – One scenario could be: Alice vs. Wesker – Tokyo
    – Another scenario of: Claire + Survivours – Alaska (think about RE: Code Veronica X Antartica)
    – Another scenario of: Jill (returns) with either Chris Redfield or Leon S. Kennedy fighting somewhere else. – Europe (Spain from RE:4 or France RE:Code Veronica X)

    By the way, weren’t there a bunch of clones. Well if they DON’T die cuz of some kind of infection/dna error. Why not give every location/scenario one Alice.

    I hope I inspired at least someone out there.

  • http://wikipedia.org/ DarthYotho

    I would like to indeed see something “fresh” in association with Capcom. Bring some extra characters to the mix and make RE: Movie 4 sort of like a movie that plays out from different perspectives and intertwining. And characters keeping contact and having relations to one another.

    – One scenario could be: Alice vs. Wesker – Tokyo
    – Another scenario of: Claire + Survivours – Alaska (think about RE: Code Veronica X Antartica)
    – Another scenario of: Jill (returns) with either Chris Redfield or Leon S. Kennedy fighting somewhere else. – Europe (Spain from RE:4 or France RE:Code Veronica X)

    By the way, weren’t there a bunch of clones. Well if they DON’T die cuz of some kind of infection/dna error. Why not give every location/scenario one Alice.

    I hope I inspired at least someone out there.

    • http://wikipedia.org/ DarthYotho

      +

      And give every scenario a boss from the games. Alaska (Nosferatu or Alexia Ashford etc.etc.) Leon + Jill some other cool B.O.W.

    • http://wikipedia.org/ DarthYotho

      +

      And give every scenario a boss from the games. Alaska (Nosferatu or Alexia Ashford etc.etc.) Leon + Jill some other cool B.O.W.

  • http://wikipedia.org DarthYotho

    I would like to indeed see something “fresh” in association with Capcom. Bring some extra characters to the mix and make RE: Movie 4 sort of like a movie that plays out from different perspectives and intertwining. And characters keeping contact and having relations to one another.

    – One scenario could be: Alice vs. Wesker – Tokyo
    – Another scenario of: Claire + Survivours – Alaska (think about RE: Code Veronica X Antartica)
    – Another scenario of: Jill (returns) with either Chris Redfield or Leon S. Kennedy fighting somewhere else. – Europe (Spain from RE:4 or France RE:Code Veronica X)

    By the way, weren’t there a bunch of clones. Well if they DON’T die cuz of some kind of infection/dna error. Why not give every location/scenario one Alice.

    I hope I inspired at least someone out there.

    • http://wikipedia.org DarthYotho

      +

      And give every scenario a boss from the games. Alaska (Nosferatu or Alexia Ashford etc.etc.) Leon + Jill some other cool B.O.W.

  • Matt

    Claire is ok as a supporting charater but following her to Alaska would be, well, snooooooooze. Hello, closure.

    Alice all the way…………….

  • Matt

    Claire is ok as a supporting charater but following her to Alaska would be, well, snooooooooze. Hello, closure.

    Alice all the way…………….