Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
The Final Chapter
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Written by||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Based on||Resident Evil
|Music by||Paul Haslinger|
|Edited by||Doobie White|
|Distributed by||Screen Gems|
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is an upcoming 3D science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the sequel to Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), and will be the sixth and final installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is very loosely based on the Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil. The film will star Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, and Iain Glen. In the film, Alice and her friends are betrayed by Albert Wesker and now they are going out to gather the entire forces of Umbrella into one final strike against the apocalypse survivors.
It is scheduled to be released on December 23, 2016 in Japan and on January 27, 2017 in North America on 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
- Milla Jovovich as Alice
- Ali Larter as Claire Redfield
- Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker
- Iain Glen as Dr. Alexander Isaacs
- Ruby Rose as Abigail
- Eoin Macken as Doc
- William Levy as Christian
- Lee Joon-gi as Lee
- Rola as Cobalt
- Fraser James as Michael
- Ever Gabo Anderson as Alicia Marks / Red Queen
In September 2012, following the box office success of Resident Evil: Retribution, a sixth film in the “Resident Evil” series was confirmed by the head of Sony Pictures distribution, Rory Bruer, with Milla Jovovich attached to reprise the role of Alice. In October 2012, in an interview with Forbes, producer Samuel Hadida stated that a sixth and seventh installment were being planned and a reboot of the series was possible. In December 2012, director Paul W. S. Anderson confirmed that he would be directing “Resident Evil 6,”. He stated that it would be the last film in the series and some characters from the first two films would return. In June 2013, Jovovich tweeted that the sixth film, which had been scheduled for a September 12, 2014 release, would not be released before 2015. The film was scheduled to start shooting in late 2013 as soon as Anderson had finished work on his disaster/romance film Pompeii.
In February 2014, Anderson told Collider that “we’d like to do another Resident Evil movie. Definitely. But the wheels aren’t quite in motion yet,”; the film was reportedly planned to be released in 2015. In April 2014, while speaking at the Beijing International Film Festival, Anderson revealed that he would soon be writing the screenplay for the sixth film in the series. He also confirmed that the film would be in 3D and that actress Li Bingbing would be returning to play Ada Wong. In June 2014, Anderson announced the film’s working title to be “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” and confirmed that it was intended to be the final film in the series. He also revealed that half the script had been completed, but, as yet, there were no shooting or release schedules. Filming was set to begin in South Africa in August 2014 but was delayed for a year because of Jovovich’s pregnancy.
On July 15, 2015, Jovovich posted a photo on Instagram announcing that shooting was about to start in South Africa. Actors from previous movies: Sienna Guillory (Jill Valentine), Li Bingbing (Ada Wong), Aryana Engineer (Becky), Spencer Locke (K-Mart), Michelle Rodriguez (Rain Ocampo), Wentworth Miller (Chris Redfield) and Johann Urb (Leon S. Kennedy) were not invited to return for the last movie. On August 3, 2015, it was confirmed that Ali Larter would be back for the sequel in the role of Claire Redfield, and filming would begin in late August or early September. Larter confirmed the sixth film would be the last in the franchise. On September 18, 2015, other cast members were announced including Iain Glen as Dr. Alexander Isaacs, Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker, Ruby Rose as Abigail, Eoin Macken as Doc, William Levy as Christian, Fraser James as Michael, and Rola as Cobalt. On October 19, 2015, Lee Joon-gi joined the film to play Commander Lee of the Umbrella Corporation.
Principal photography on the film began on September 18, 2015 in Cape Town / Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa. During filming, Jovovich’s stunt double Olivia Jackson was severely injured when her motorcycle collided with a camera crane, leaving her in a medically-induced coma for two weeks. Among Jackson’s injuries were cerebral trauma, a crushed face, a severed artery in her neck, a paralyzed arm, several broken ribs, a shattered scapula, a broken clavicle, torn fingers with a thumb that needed to be amputated, and five nerves torn out of her spinal cord. Jackson announced in December 2015 that her paralyzed left arm will need to be amputated. A second accident occurred during filming on December 3 when crew member Ricardo Cornelius was crushed to death by one of the film’s props, a U.S. Army issue Hummer, while on set. Filming ended on December 9, 2015.