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At the beginning of the 21st Century, Resident Evil had become one of the biggest video game franchises on the market. Nine out of every 10 geeks' homes contained at least one copy of one of its games. Its cultural and financial success was felt everywhere, and in gaming it was the world's leading supplier of zombies, survival horror thrills, and jump scares. Taking it to the next level, the resulting film series also generated massive profits, albeit by screwing with the story, and kept coming back for for sequel after sequel. While 2002's Resident Evil is a movie I still hold dear in my heart, along with the first two sequels, however, the rest of the franchise can burn in Hell. The good news is that it sounds like it all could be coming to the end, as the next installment has tentatively been given the title, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. While this conflicts with the original rumor that the project was going to be called Resident Evil Rising, or something to that effect, this could officially mean that Resident Evil 6 will be the last Resident Evil movie you'll have to hear about!
Collider picked up the news in its interview with Resident Evil 6 director and franchise "mastermind" Paul W.S. Anderson, who helmed the first, fourth and fifth chapters in the series as well and has served as an Executive Producer on all of them. Discussing the potential title of the movie, the filmmaker said,
"Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the working title. It may be the final title, but that’s what’s written on the front page of my script"
Going further, Anderson also made it sound like audiences are going to have to wait a little while for the movie to actually get made. if you were looking forward to the originally planned and previously announced September 2014 end date for the franchise, you are going to be massively disappointed as the script is only in its first draft at the moment. Considering how well the last couple of films have been received, it wouldn't be a surprise if the first draft was finished two seconds before actually filming, and renamed the shooting script.
Could it be that our long, international nightmare of Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich trotting out their marital hobby of convoluted action moviemaking every couple of years is over? Could we see peace within our time, and witness the finale of the Resident Evil film franchise once and for all? Surprisingly, Anderson looks like he's made his mind up definitively, and is writing this film as the cap to what has so far been a 12 year franchise. Even when his interviewer goaded him to change his mind by saying, "It’s a very successful franchise, things can change," Anderson didn't even budge. Say what you will about the man, but when Paul W.S. Anderson says something's over, it's over. It just takes three horrible sequels to inform him that it's indeed over.
While it started out as a fun exercise in making a movie that both told the story of the games while doing its own thing, the Resident Evil franchise has worn out its welcome. As both a fan and detractor of the series, I'd love to see Paul W.S. Anderson and the entire gang pull some sort of final installment magic out of their arsenal and give the series a massive send off that goes over the top, while still managing to be a decent movie. It isn't that much to ask, considering – again – the man gave us Event goddamned Horizon. He has a decent trashy filmmaker living inside him; he just needs to let it roam free and finish the job he started back in 2002. While there's no set date for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, it seems like Sony and Capcom would severely benefit having this film ready by 2016, as the Resident Evil video game will be celebrating its 20th anniversary that year. Anderson has stated that he wants to hopefully have news to announce "soon."