Fifth Resident Evil Movie to Start Shooting This October
08.09.11 by Ryan
The next installment of the Resident Evil franchise is reportedly heading in front of cameras, though who's charge is still in question.
Sony Screen Gems set a September 14, 2012, release date for Resident Evil: Retribution, otherwise known as Resident Evil 5, back in March. Now ShockTillYouDrop reports that the sequel will start production on October 10, with shooting to take place in Toronto and Tokyo. An October production start sounds about right if the sequel is going to make it to theaters on time, but gives the studio just a few months to find a director.
In May, franchise star Milla Jovovich revealed via Twitter that Retribution would reveal a "HUGE surprise about the origin of Alice," the character Jovovich has played for four movies. While that wasn't an official confirmation of Jovovich's return, it would be strange if the actress didn't return for the sequel.
Jovovich also revealed that her husband and Resident Evil collaborator Paul W.S. Anderson was planning to write Retribution, just as he has done for all four of the previous movies. Anderson also directed the previous sequel, last year's Resident Evil: Afterlife, and the 2002 original, but there's no word whether he will return for Retribution. Anderson landed the director's chair for the historical disaster movie Pompeii in May, with production starting in the spring of 2012, which means that Anderson could helm the Resident Evil sequel, though it's more likely that the studio will find another director.
As for the rest of the cast, only Sienna Guillory has been confirmed to return. In March, Guillory, who appeared in Resident Evil: Apocalypse as Jill Valentine and showed up at the very end of Afterlife to provide a cliffhanger that Retribution will likely have to solve, used her Twitter account to announce the start of her physical training for the role. More answers are likely to arrive in October, when Anderson and Jovovich do press tours for the upcoming adaptation The Three Musketeers.
Afterlife was the highest-grossing movie in the franchise, earning $296 million worldwide, with most of the gross coming from foreign markets. The sequel's 3-D surcharge also likely had a hand in the movie's financial success.