How can you tell the difference between a Michael Bay movie and a Paul W.S. Anderson movie? The minute of destruction featured in the second half of the trailer would take up all two minutes if this were a Michael Bay joint! But since this is Anderson, it meanders from being a rip-off of Gladiator, to a rip-off of 300, then segues to ripping off Dante’s Peak before capping things off with a healthy “homage” to Roland Emmerich’s 2012. That’s right disaster gore fans, the latest trailer for Pompeii- excuse me, I mean, Pompeii 3-D was released today. Behold the doom of the angriest volcano of the ancient world below: (more…)
First, a disclaimer: any reference to director Paul Anderson doesn’t mean Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood and The Master director Paul Thomas Anderson. It means Paul W.S. Anderson, the director of Mortal Kombat, Alien Vs Predator and the Resident Evil movies.
Paul W.S. Anderson’s next, uh, masterpiece is the upcoming Pompeii, the story of – spoiler alert – the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that killed the entire population of the city of Pompeii in 79 AD. Shot predominately in Toronto, Canada (?), the film is basically Titanic in Ancient Rome with a scrappy young slave-turned-gladiator named Milo (Kit Harington ) who falls for the upper class cutie Cassia (Emily Browning). And that’s why you’ve got to love Paul W.S. Anderson, he can take two completely random things – like Titanic and Gladiator - and turn it into another piece of crap. Probably.
Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here’s the trailer for Pompeii.
In addition, Entertainment Weekly interviewed Harrington about the film, including the first instance we meet his character:
“This is the first scene you see me in. It’s set in London, in fact, and it’s a scene where my character is a gladiator fighting in an arena. That’s his gladiator look. It’s a great little fight against three masked gladiators and sets up who he is and where he’s going. You see me display my skills quite early on.”
But wait, don’t cry “derivative” too soon, Harrington talks about his character’s motivation in more detail:
“Milo is a Celt who is enslaved when he is a child and his family is killed. There’s a time cut that happens in the movie where you see me go from a child to a man, and you realize he’s been a gladiator for a long time. Eventually he’s taken to Pompeii… There are some beautiful scenes in there.
He’s a good swordsman and good fighter, and quite brooding, which is all of what Jon Snow is, and he doesn’t really speak a hell of a lot, even though I’ve got a lot of screen time. He kind of keeps himself to himself.
He’s an angry, angry man who doesn’t care what he does. For a large part of the film, he’s driven by pure rage.”
I think there’s going to be a lot of angry men when Pompeii comes out February 21st, 2014.
Source: Geek Tyrant
As his Gangster Squad is in the shop to make it a little less current (meaning that they’re reshooting the climactic shootout in a movie theater because of real-life events this past July), director Ruben Fleischer is looking to his next project: Spy Hunter.
Based on the 1983 arcade game, which has been updated over the years, Spy Hunter’s initial iteration was a race game with firepower, like James Bond meets Grand Theft Auto. Updates in gaming technology saw subsequent games with more spy elements, which should make translating it to the screen that much easier, right? Well, just ask John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson. They’ve both been previously attached to the big screen version of Spy Hunter.
But Vulture is now reporting that Fleischer has signed on, and is aiming to achieve where Anderson and Woo could not. It’s also reported that he’s looking for new screenwriters to pen the script, so Fleischer, it seems, is pretty serious about getting down to work.
Fleischer is still perhaps best known for the 2009 horror/comedy hit Zombieland, which he followed up with the sophomore slump 30 Minutes or Less. The highly anticipated Gangster Squad is due in theaters on January 11, 2013.
Source: Cinema Blend
Yet another video game movie that may or may not be coming to the big screen is the classic Castlevania. It has thus far been lost in pre-production limbo for many years now, but a recent chat with the attached director, Paul W.S. Anderson, confirms that he’s still thinking about it and has plans to put it together in the future if possible.
You all may know Anderson as the dude who put together the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil franchises. And though both have seen mediocre-to-bad installments in their respective series, they still remain two of the more successful video-game-movie franchises out there.
Anderson is currently dealing with the new Resident Evil: Retribution film (set to release in a few weeks). While talking about this new flick, he had a few things to say regarding progress on Castlevania. In addition to needing a writer, there are issues with rights to take care of and some pre-planning that must be done in order to make sure the movie comes out as less than complete garbage.
Check out the video below to hear some of what he has to say about Castlevania:
Overall, it sounds like they really haven’t done shit in the years they’ve had so far. Likely, it will sit in limbo for several more years until Anderson and his backers have milked Resident Evil for all it’s worth and need something new to exploit. The only glimmer of hope is that he seems eager to do it right, which may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, in Hollywood “right” is synonymous with “money-making” so that light may quickly die.
What do the Nerdreaders think? Should they even bother with this? Should they keep Anderson attached to it or find someone different? Should someone pummel the guy who thought of this to death with a chain whip?
Thanks to screenrant for the info.
The first Resident Evil film was, early on, what looked to be the beginning of a successful film franchise filled with gore and action. You even a got a few shots of Milla Jovovich‘s naughty bits for good measure. After that though, things went down hill.
It no longer has any real connection to the original subject matter, the characters you actually want to see have become mere co-stars and Paul W.S. Anderson gets to nail his lead actress. It has finally peaked. But, after all the girl-on-monster fighting, we finally get what we’ve all been waiting for in this newest clip from Resident Evil: Retribution - girl-on-girl fighting action.
Except it comes with that filler and signature ”go big, but add more quick cuts and slow-mo” filming you’ve come to expect from Anderson. And never mind that you can’t hear the audio. It was too embarrassed to be involved in this rough cut you’re about to watch.
Honestly, is anyone – Paul in particular – even trying anymore or is Screen Gems just prepping us for Resident Evil: Shut up and give us your money?
Source: Topless Robot
Resident Evil: Retribution, starring Milla Jovovic‘s ass, is the 5th and final movie in the Resident Evil franchise. And thank god for that. If Paul W.S. Anderson made another one of these gawd awful movies, I’d, well, I dunno what I’d do. All I know is I would be very mad about it.
It’s rant time…
The popularity of these films is beyond me. I mean come on, they don’t even honor the video game series from which they’re based. Anderson took the names of characters and a few recognizable monstrosities and did whatever the hell he wanted. It’s like “oh, lets make Alice a super hero and make hundreds of leather-clad clones of her. And, lets shoot a whole bunch of slow-mo scenes in the rain. Yeah, fans will love that!” Also, IMO, Anderson didn’t even make movie. Every flick in the franchise, so far, has been nothing but a hyper stylized music video, with dazzling fight scenes timed with some butt-rock anthem. I’m not asking for a Oscar-worthy screen play or anything, but give me a decent story with characters and motivations I actually care about. Amirite?
OK, enough of my gibber-jabber. For those that care, Screen Gems has released two new TV spots for Resident Evil: Retribution.
The movie stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Li Bingbing.
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
RER will hit theaters September 14th, 2012
Sony/Screen Gems has released its first look at the upcoming five-quel Resident Evil: Retribution – in 3-D! I’m assuming that if you’re checking out, Underworld: Awakening on the weekend, you’ll be able to see it on the big screen, but if you’re taking a mulligan on Kate Beckinsale in skin tight leather, then you can click play on the embed below.
Is it just me, or do you also have no idea idea what it’s about? Let’s check out the plot synopsis:
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
I don’t know how that lines up with what I just saw, but, you know, whatever.
Resident Evil: Retribution opens on September 14 and stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Li Bingbing. The film was directed by Paul W(ell) S(hit) Anderson.
Source: Coming Soon
Milla Jovovich (HAWT fake nerd actress) is currently in the middle of filming Resident Evil: Retribution alongside husband/director Paul W. S. Anderson.
Being the loving wife that she is, Milla has found a great way in generating buzz in RE5, by uploading exclusive behind-the-scenes shots between filming to twitter (@MillaJovovich). Her most recent post went as such:
Milla linked a shot of actress Li Bingbing in the makeup department getting prepped as a certain “bitch in a red dress”.
Li is going to be Resident Evil alum Ada Wong and she matches Ada perfectly, even if it’s only because of the hair right now. Milla went on to tweet: “Lol! And that’s all I’m gonna give you or I’m in deep sh*t!!!” Come on Milla, one more won’t kill you because… nobody cares! The last two movies stunk. Real bad. I don’t believe that anyone would actually pay money to see another.
I’ve never been a fan of the Resident Evil movies, but I guess there’s a significant enough portion of the population that enjoys them, even more so now that they’re in 3-D. Whatever.
The next Resident Evil movie, cheekily titled Resident Evil: Retribution, will begin production next month on October 16th under the sure hand of almost-an-auteur Paul W.S. Anderson. With less than a month until the video game adaptation goes before the cameras, in far flung locations from Toronto to Tokyo, some spoilers concerning the film’s storyline have been leaked. And while the leaker, once know, would usually get into trouble and/or lose their job, it’s a very different situation when your sleeping with the director. And when you’re the film’s leading lady.
Here’s some of Milla Jovovich‘s spoilers:
- Leon Kennedy and Barry Burton will make their first appearances in the series along with Ada Wong, who was in the Resident Evil 2, 4, and The Darkside Chronicles video games. Shawn Roberts will also return to play the villainous Albert Wesker.
- Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller), Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), and K-Mart (Spencer Locke) won’t return because they’ve been abducted by the Umbrella Corporation. Sienna Guillory will be back again as Jill Valentine however and you can expect some fireworks between her and Alice (Jovovich).
- Remember mind-controlling parasite “Las Plagas” in Resident Evil 4? It’s bacccckkkk. She tweeted: “alright guys! gotta go! 1 let mini spoiler tho! we will hve the Las Plagas parasite!!! have an awesome day!”
- Jovovich says she is hopeful that a sixth Resident Evil keeps all the major characters together, alluding of course that all of the new characters will survive Retribution.
And from Jovovich’s Twitter feed comes these extras:
- “the red square sequence is THE MOST COMPLICATED CHASE SCENE PAUL (her husband / director) HAS EVER PLANNED FOR! ITS GONNA BE EPIC!”
- “its gonna be SIIIIICK!! paul leaves the production meeting reeling from the logistical complications off how 2 shoot them!!”
- “we’ll b the 1st movie 2 hve a chase scene in a rolls royce which we will get shot up, but still runs cause they’re awesome!”
Are you excited yet? I guess we’ll find out for sure when Retribution comes out next fall.
Source: Geek Tyrant
You didn’t ask for it, but it’s happening anyway. The newly titled Resident Evil: Retribution is set to shoot this coming October.
Though she’s yet to formally sign on, Milla Jovovich is expected to star in the film along with the already confirmed Sienna Guillory. Paul W.S. Anderson is working on a script, which could mean he will direct.
Plot details are under tight lips, but Sony Screen Gems is aiming to have it in theaters come September 14, 2012. An October start date would ensure this.
*makes repeated hand farting noises*. Resident Evil Afterlife (4th in the series) was terrible. It was all style and no substance. Awful dialogue, and embarrassingly simplistic storytelling. It was just pubescent eye candy. Slo-mo decapitations and other forms of gory special effects. A 2 hour music video! Bah! I few-king hate that movie, as well as it’s two predecessor (First one.. I’ll admit I kinda dug.). Apparently a select few and I are alone in less sentiment, because Afterlife outgrossed every single other film in the franchise, including a huge $200 million plus overseas.
Oi! I can’t imagine what type of human being enjoyed Afterlife, the piece of shit it is, even as a “guilty pleasure.” You RE fan-boys are welcomed to disagree with my wishes to see more Resident Evil flicks, but this franchise can sniff my taint.
Bring back zombies (memba those) and another Milla Jovoich twat shot and then maybe I’ll see it.
Source: Bloody Disgusting