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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Riddick sequels still planned, may be filmed together

Writer/Director David Twohy is hard at work on those last two Riddick movies, according to star Vin Diesel. The actor, currently starring in Babylon A.D., is pretty confident the sequels will get made and wonders whether the movies will be filmed at the same time.

Richard B. Riddick was Vin Diesel’s first big action character, and first appeared in the 2000 science-fiction film Pitch Black. The character was revisited in 2004 with The Chronicles Of Riddick, which was meant to lead into two more films. Chronicles however, which is viewed by most as an ambitious but flawed film, was a huge flop at the box-office, and left people thinking the planned sequels would never get made.

Thankfully, Vin Diesel never gave up on the character, and it’s good to know that he’s still gunning for the franchise. The last two movies will reportedly deal with the Underverse and a return to Furya (Riddick’s home planet) respectively. The franchise also includes a short animated film, Dark Fury, and a video game for the Xbox and PC, Escape From Butcher’s Bay, both of which featured involvment by Twohy and Diesel.

David Twohy’s next film, a thriller entitled A Perfect Getaway, stars Timothy Olyphant (Hitman), Milla Jovovich (the Resident Evil films) and Steve Zahn (Sahara), will be released in 2009.

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New Max Payne posters

      

IMPAwards has two new posters for John Moore’s forthcoming adaptation of Max Payne. Wikipedia says:

Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) is a cop whose family and partner are brutally murdered. He embarks on a maverick path, venturing into the underworld to find those responsible for the murders. Payne finds that he faces enemies from beyond the natural world and that he will be betrayed.

Max Payne is of course based on the video game of the same name, well-known for its Matrix-like slow-motion fighting. I’m not too sure about this movie yet. The game is fantastic but I wasn’t that impressed with the first trailer. However, I have faith in John Moore and Mark Wahlberg and this is bound to be better than the Resident Evil and Tomb Raider films (hopefully). Also, promiscuous pop singer Nelly Furtado’s movie debut (WTF?).

Question: what is the best video game adaptation yet?