In the past few years, Hollywood has gambled on converting several popular video games into big-screen adventures. A few have succeeded, but most have been epic failures. The #ResidentEvil franchise falls firmly in the former category – in a big way – as it spins its own extended story out of influences from the games.
For an installment of our #SonySundays series, hosts Joe and Phill got Resident Evil writer/director #PaulWSAnderson into the studio to talk about his passion for filmmaking and video games, and how the two intertwined to create the film series which just enjoyed its latest release, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Anderson also discussed his love for directing Mortal Kombat and writing the upcoming Monster Hunter movie.
So make sure your knives are sharpened and your guns fully loaded as we dive into a world of zombies, sci-fi, and twisted fantasy with Paul W.S. Anderson.
4. Mortal Kombat Was His First American Movie
Englishman Anderson loved playing the Mortal Kombat video game so much that he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of turning it into a movie.
Next time you're in a conversation about fighting-themed video games, make sure you yell, "Mortal Kombat!" with the appropriate pitch, because that is how Anderson says you must do it. Also, it's fun to shout it out like you did when you played the game all day long as a kid. The director even remembers how the techno soundtrack from the movie played in almost every sporting event after the film released in theaters.
3. Milla Jovovich Is Not The Only Actor In The Family
Anderson has to be the luckiest guy in the world. Not just because he worked with his wife Milla Jovovich in every Resident Evil movie, but because he also got to cast his daughter Ever Anderson in #ResidentEvilTheFinalChapter. Anderson told us how, at the tender age of seven, Ever nailed the role of the Red Queen. Anderson even got choked up watching a scene in which she cries over the death of her on-screen father. But what impressed him the most was his daughter's awareness of the camera. She knew exactly when the lens was focused on her face and when to cry. Sounds like she's inherited her mother's acting chops.
2. He Works Well With Capcom
If you're going to work with one of the largest video game companies in the world, you better play nice. A super fan of the Resident Evil games, Anderson played the first two games back-to-back and nonstop, and he wanted to make sure what happened in the games never conflicted with what would happen in the movies. He spent two days in Japan talking about his cinematic ideas with #Capcom, and the gaming company made sure he didn't kill any characters that were important to the release of future games.
1. His Love For Video Games Is Clear On Screen
One of the reasons why he makes video game movies that we enjoy is because Anderson is a gamer at heart. When it comes to creating a video game movie, he's aware that he has to please two audiences — the core gaming fans and the general moviegoers. He says hooking the fans of the games isn't enough to ensure a successful movie, and many video game movies fail because they only focus on one audience instead of balancing both groups. This means that when he breaks from the source material, he feels a responsibility to the fans to explain why he's doing it that way.
In Mortal Kombat, Anderson had Sub-Zero and Scorpion working together, even though in the game they are sworn enemies. Because of his time spent playing the game at the arcade, Anderson made sure not to upset his fellow Mortal Kombat fans, which is why he created the movie monologue about mind control.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is available on Blu-ray and DVD from May 16.