Resident Evil: Afterlife's Paul W.S. Anderson in Love With 3-D, Zombie Dogs, and Sequels
Posted 07.30.10 by Ryan
As movie trends go, 3-D seems like it's here to stay, at least for the next several years. If writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson has it his way, though, 3-D will never leave. At the San Diego Comic-Con, Anderson declared his undying love for the format.
"3D is very exciting," Anderson told the Comic-Con press. "Everything from now on for me is 3D. I am completely convinced it is the future of home entertainment, as well as cinema entertainment."
3-D is playing a big role in Anderson's next movie, Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth movie in the franchise. Anderson wrote and directed the first Resident Evil, but only wrote and produced 2004's Resident Evil: Apocalypse and 2007's Resident Evil: Extinction. Anderson was interested to return for Afterlife after James Cameron showed him what his 3-D camera system was capable of. According to ShockTillYouDrop, Anderson said that Afterlife "will really be the first live-action 3D movie this year" since the other 3-D movies released this year "have all been conversions." (Wait, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3-D is a conversion? Harumph!) Anderson feels this will make the difference for the audience.
I think when people see what real 3D looks like they will understand why they spend an extra $5 a ticket.
Anderson says he is filling Afterlife with "interactive elements" such as rain or smoke to help enhance the 3-D. If that doesn't work, audiences will at least have the pleasure of seeing zombie dogs again.
I love the dogs. Ever since I played Resident Evil 2 and the dog crashed through the window and I was holding my vibrating controller, it just terrified me. But I have to say after three movies with them there is a limit to what you can do with dogs. Then I played Resident Evil 5 and there were dogs again. But this time their heads split open and I thought "This is really freaky sh*t." That's a great example of how the games influenced how I developed the characters in [Afterlife].
Anderson said the experience of shooting Afterlife made him feel like he was "making [his] first movie again," but won't commit to another Resident Evil just yet.
We always take it one movie at a time. We put so much effort into them and it is a family affair. You don't want to start talking about the next baby until you make sure this one is okay.
Afterlife releases September 10 in 2-D and, you guessed it, 3-D. Milla Jovovich returns as franchise character Alice, while Ali Larter returns as Claire Redfield and Wentworth Miller makes his Resident Evil debut as Chris Redfield.