Milla Jovovich returns to resident evil one last time
While Capcom continues to crank out new Resident Evil video games (Resident Evil 7 launches on PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Xbox One and PC on Jan. 24, 2017), Sony Pictures will bring its film franchise to a close on Jan. 27, 2017. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the conclusion of the most successful video game adaptation franchise of all time. Each movie has made more money than the last (the first made $111 million and the fifth made $296 million) and the total franchise is just south of $1 billion.
One reason these films have succeeded (where so many others have failed miserably) is because writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson is a gamer, and was a fan of the games long before he became a director. After directing the original Mortal Kombat, which was also a box office hit, he decided to create an original story and new characters for Resident Evil, rather than simply following the game plot that so many films have tried to do. The first film teamed Anderson with actress Milla Jovovich, and the two fell in love and got married in real life. And now are the proud parents of two children, and six Resident Evil movies.
Anderson and Jovovich were at New York Comic Con to debut the latest trailer for the movie, which returns the action to the Raccoon City locale of the video game franchise, as well as the first two films. Jovovich explains why this film franchise has succeeded while so many other video game adaptations have failed.
THE RED BULLETIN: What was it like returning to Raccoon City after so many films?
MILLA JOVOVICH: It was amazing. I really love that the story was coming full circle and coming back to Raccoon City, coming back to the Hive. It was exciting to be able to see these sets again, to be able to take the audience back to where we started. It’s wonderful, especially when it’s the final chapter and there’re a lot of questions that people have had throughout the series that you they need answered. There are a lot of questions that my character had about herself that she needs answered. So it was nice to go back to where it all began.
What have you and your husband done to really up the ante with this movie?
I definitely feel like the monsters are crazier than we’ve ever seen. And they’re all the newest monsters from the newest Resident Evil games. The sets were really scary and really very twisted, and the action sequences are just off the hook. They’re some of the longest fight sequences I’ve ever done with more fight moves than I’ve ever had. Like one sequence had almost 300 moves in it, so it was pretty insane. But I think the story is really compelling as well. There’s something very emotional too for Alice being able to really find out who she is for once and for all, and to see her history, which is pretty crazy. It’s very twisted.
What do you love about this franchise?
The zombies, man. I love them now. I have nightmares about them. But when we did the first one, no one would touch a zombie movie. To see how people have embraced the undead since 2001, 2002, is great.
Why is now a good time to say goodbye to Alice?
Well, we were supposed to say goodbye a year ago, but then I got pregnant. So we had to push the movie a year. But once we did the second Resident Evil we thought, “Oh, wouldn’t it be cool to do a trilogy.” Because Paul always had a story in his head. And then when the studio asked for a fourth one we thought, “Oh, wouldn’t it be cool to do a second trilogy.” But never thinking we actually would. But Paul always had a story in his head, so I think it makes sense. It’s the second trilogy, six movies. It’s looks great in a box set.
What do you think has been the secret to Resident Evil’s longevity and its place in Hollywood history as the most successful video game franchise of all time?
We’ve never - and when I say we I mean my husband Paul - he’s never allowed any outside pressure to dictate when he was going to write a new script. We’ve always taken a two to three year break between films. I feel like it was a chance to refuel, a chance to do other things. And when the inspiration hit to write a new script, it was very organic and very natural. And because we really love this franchise and it’s been something that brought us together, and had a child through it, it’s meaningful for us. So the last thing we wanted was for it to become this machine of just going back to the grind to make another one. It was always exciting, and the story always went somewhere new, and every film has its own look. That comes from taking a break and coming back to something. And I think people can feel that passion for it that we didn’t just do it to cash in. It was something that was done over a period of time and made with a lot of love.