Resident Evil (2002): Do Games Make Good Movies?

Do Games Make Good Movies hosts break down Video Game inspired movies to answer the age old question: DO GAMES MAKE GOOD MOVIES?!?! In today’s episode, hosts Kaori Takee, Scott Narver, and Patrick Dees break down Resident Evil! Resident Evil is a science fiction action-horror film series loosely based on the Capcom video games of the same name.Constantin Film bought the rights to the first film in January 1997 with Alan B. McElroy and George A. Romero as potential writers. In 2001, Sony acquired distribution rights and hired Paul W. S. Anderson as writer and director for the first film(2002). Anderson continued on as writer and producer for the sequels, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), and returned as the director for Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012). The fictional Umbrella Corporation, which acts as the main antagonist in the series, is a bioengineering pharmaceutical company that creates bioweapons. Umbrella was responsible for the zombie apocalypse, which occurred after the corporation’s T-virus infected the Earth’s population. The films follow protagonist Alice, an original character created for the films portrayed by Milla Jovovich. Alice, who was once a security operative working for Umbrella, becomes an enemy of the corporation. Characters from the Resident Evil video games also appeared in the film series, including Jill Valentine, Carlos Olivera,Claire Redfield, Albert Wesker, Chris Redfield, Barry Burton, Leon S. Kennedy and Ada Wong. With five films released, the Resident Evil film series is the highest grossing film series to be based on video games of all time, having grossed US$915 million worldwide. It is set to continue in 2017 with a sixth and final film, written by Anderson.

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