Paul W.S. Anderson is about to start work on Resident Evil 4

Filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race), aka the “mastermind” behind the Resident Evil movie franchise  (he only directed the first one, but wrote and produced all three installments) has recently stated he will soon start tackling the unavoidable next sequel, saying thet he’s writing “an adaptation of the Long Good Friday right now, set in present-day Miami. Then I will probably write Resident Evil 4.”

Each film in the franchise ends with a tease to the sequel, so judging from Resident Evil: Extinction you can expect the film to take place at least partly in Tokyo, Japan. Aside from the rather poor writing (especially for the second movie’s ending), my main beef with these movies is how much they stray from their video game source, both in tone and storywise (much like most video game adaptations).

Heck the films feel more like video games than the games themselves. Then again, Extinction is the flick that has the least in common with the games, becoming some sort of Mad Max with zombies, and ended up arguably being the franchise’s best film and a great return to form for Highlander director Russell Mulcahy.  Yet one can argue that this is because the previous two entries had so little to do with the games that what they did have in common was more distracting than anything else.

So while Resident Evil 4 may prove to turn into an entertaining action movie, I’d still like to see a Resident Evil movie done right. Sure there’s that new CGI movie but that one simply expands on the games’ storyline, instead of retelling it. The Anderson series needs to be concluded in a final installment, enabling a more respectful filmmaker to reboot the franchise in my opinion.

 

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Sequelitis part 4: Avatar, Something Of The Dead and Tomb Raider 3

Avatar, the long-awaited return of director James Cameron more than ten years after Titanic (what is it with all these Titanic comebacks happening at once?) hasn’t even come out yet that 20th Century-Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman is already talking franchise possibilities. His reason? “It’s just a great story”.

Meanwhile, more the details have come out on the recently announced untitled continuation of George A. Romero’s infamous zombie saga:

Plot involves inhabitants of an isolated island off the North American coast who find their relatives rising from the dead to eat their kin. The leaders of the island feud over whether or not to kill their reanimated relatives or preserve them in hopes of finding a cure.

The film is currently shooting in Canada and stars a bunch of people you’ve probably never heard of.

Finally, rumors of a third installment in the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider franchise are swirling again due to the approaching release of the latest video game in the franchise, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and producers are apparently in talks to get Angelina Jolie (Wanted) back in the famous role. The only problem? Angelina isn’t, and never was right for the part of Lara Croft in my opinion.

Sources: /Film and TunaFlix

More details on The Sims movie

Back when a movie adaptation of the most successful video game franchise of all time, The Sims, was announced, people were left scratching their heads as to what the film will be about. Thankfully, producer John Davis was kind enough to enlighten us:

The Sims, as you know, you can control your imaginary world, right? And our movie, a young man, a 16 year old kid or a 14 year old kid and his friend get their hands on this thing called the Sims Infinity Pack, right, which kind of this very strange video game store which was there just for that moment, and seemingly wasn’t all that. But what they realize is that they can scan their world in, because this is the most life like, real Sims game ever. And as they are playing this they are all of a sudden realizing is what they are playing on the game is having an effect on the real world. So in effect, through the game, they are able to control their world. It’s wish fulfillment, and obviously it turns against them.

So, basically WarGames meets Gremlins. What are you more excited about: The Sims: The Movie ot The Sims 3 game? You can read Davis’ full interview, including updates on the Jason And The Argonauts remake, Alien Vs Predator 3 and Predator 3 here.

Casting has begun on the Metal Gear Solid movie

Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams has revealed several tidbits about the forthcoming video game adaptation, namely: she’s in consideration to play the hero’s sidekick, Meryl Silverburgh, and would accept the part in a heartbeat, Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) and Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) are in talks to play Solid Snake, the main character, and Kurt Wimmer (Ultraviolet) is currently the top directing choice.

“I have read half way through the script and Meryl developed into a real character that I felt for, she is someone who wants to be strong and will work for it no matter how hard it is… That’s the kind of role that I want, so if they call me in and ask me I will definitely say yes.”

“From what I can tell you, they are still in early development for the movie. Some actors I know they have asked are Viggo Mortensen and Christian Bale, but that as far as I know and I can tell you, there really keeping secret about casting.”

“Well, like I said there [sic] still in early development, but Kurt Wimmer is apparently asked to direct the movie, but nothing is official I mean they could change the director at any time, so nothing is definite right now.”

Metal Gear is one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time, so they better not screw this one up. Honestly, things aren’t looking very good. Kurt Wimmer isn’t really known for his subtelty, his films being mostly remembered for flashy action scenes while the Metal Gear games popularized the idea of stealth progression as entertainment. Also, Christian Bale may be everyone’s favorite actor right now, but I don’t think he fits the character well. Remember when Bale was really hesitant about Batman Begins because he didn’t want to be associated with a big franchise? My how things change.

Honestly, the simple fact they’re calling this Metal Gear Solid seems wrong to me, as that game was actually the third in the series. The games have a very clear storyline that spans five decades, so they should either adapt them in the order they came out, thus basing the film on the 1987 game Metal Gear, or in chronological order by adapting Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, which came out four years ago. In any case, the movie was expected to come out in 2009 but that can’t really happen if they want to do it right. And they better.

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Brett Ratner thinks a Guitar Hero movie would be really cool…Wait, what?

American director Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour trilogy) thinks that a movie based on Guitar Hero can be really good, and he wants to make it. Guitar Hero is a bestselling video game franchise launched in 2005 and published by Activision. Basically you have a contoller shaped like a guitar and you “play music” by pressing buttons at the right time. Ratner doesn’t have the movie rights (yet), but says:

I love ‘Guitar Hero’ and I think it’s a part of pop culture. I would love to do a ‘Guitar Hero’ movie, if Activision would ever let me. I’m trying to convince them, but why would you have a movie screw up such a huge franchise? Not that I would make a bad movie. So that would be cool, to do a ‘Guitar Hero’ movie…It could be about a kid from a small town who dreams of being a rock star and he wins the ‘Guitar Hero’ competition. One of these dreams-[come-true] kind of concepts.

From what it sounds like, it would be your basic “teen dreams of success and obtains it in the end” kind of story, with a guitar tournament as the means. Sure, but why would you need to buy the Guitar Hero rights for that? Thankfully, Ratner has plenty of projects right now so don’t expect a Guitar Hero anytime soon (or ever, hopefully).

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New Trailer: Max Payne

Holy crap, that’s it, I’m convinced! I wasn’t that impressed with the first trailer, but this one takes badass to the next level. While I still son’t know what those valkyries are about (yeah, that’s what they are), and I really think the game’s awesome music should be in there, could this possibly surpass Silent Hill as the best video game adaptation yet?

Max Payne will premiere in Egypt on October 15th (why?) and will have been released just about everywhere else by the end of November. The movie is directed by John Moore (The Omen remake) on a script by Shawn Ryan (FX’s The Shield) and newcomer Beau Thorne. It stars Mark Wahlberg (The Happening) as the titular character, alongside Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Beau Bridges (Stargate SG-1), Ludacris (Crash), Donal Logue (Ghost Rider), Chris O’Donnell (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) and Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado in her feature acting debut.