The history of the "Resident Evil" film franchise has been very interesting. The first movie which really did not do a good job in adapting the game was a critical failure, but it was able to bring in a substantial $100 million plus at the box office, which wasn't bad, given its $33 million budget. And from then on, its sequels kept coming in with financial success after financial success. None of the movies were made for more than $65 million, and they were guaranteed to bring in a couple hundred million dollars apiece. Although their successes were never landmarks, but they did good business. The quality of these movies may be awful, but many (like me) would justify that it finally found its identity, embracing its juvenile nerd sensibility.
But then we were sure that we would one day see the series end. And it's best that it be given a proper end than just something discontinued. In an IGN interview with Ali Larter, who plays Claire Redfield in "Resident Evil: Extinction" and "Resident Evil: Afterlife," she was asked if the film subtitled "The Final Chapter" will actually be the final chapter of the franchise. "I know it is," was Larter's confident response.
“How many movies have this kind of fanbase and get to be made six times? I think that's extraordinary. It's a total testament to [series star] Milla [Jovovich] and Paul [W.S. Anderson]. I'm so grateful to them, that they chose me to be a part of it halfway through, and they've kept me along for the ride. I love that it's not seven men and one woman. I mean, these are two women, and they're not competing with each other. You know, there are such easy clichés these two could fall into, but this is definitely a female power movie.”
When asked to elaborate on the current movie...
“We are not allowed to say one thing. I am held to secrecy, but what I can tell you is that the script is amazing. They're really wrapping up the whole series, so that just makes it a little more poignant. To be able to come back and reprise my role as Claire and my relationship with Alice, with Umbrella Corp. -- you know, I'm excited to get back in it. I think the fans are just going to be beyond excited.”
"Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" is set for a January 27, 2017 release date.
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