The upcoming sequel in the Resident Evil franchise is subtitled The Final Chapter, but does that really mean it's the end of the line for Alice and her zombie-hunting pals?
According to on-again, off-again star Ali Larter, it’s over. No “ifs,” “ands” or “buts.” When asked by IGN if the 2017 sequel is the definitive end, she responded, “I know it is.” Larter said the sixth installment is going to great lengths to wrap up all those (and we mean a lot of) dangling plot threads and story concepts into a definitive ending. For a series that has varied wildly in quality and direction, that’s an ambitious order. Good thing original director Paul W.S. Anderson is back at the helm to (hopefully) pull it off.
Check out an excerpt from Larter’s comments below:
“How many movies have this kind of fanbase and get to be made six times? I think that's extraordinary. It's a total testament to [series star] Milla [Jovovich] and Paul. I'm so grateful to them, that they chose me to be a part of it halfway through, and they've kept me along for the ride. I love that it's not seven men and one woman. I mean, these are two women, and they're not competing with each other. You know, there are such easy clichés these two could fall into, but this is definitely a female power movie.
We are not allowed to say one thing. I am held to secrecy, but what I can tell you is that the script is amazing. They're really wrapping up the whole series, so that just makes it a little more poignant. To be able to come back and reprise my role as Claire and my relationship with Alice, with Umbrella Corp. -- you know, I'm excited to get back in it. I think the fans are just going to be beyond excited.”
Of course, just because this will mark the end of the current series, that doesn’t mean the studio is going to leave it of the shelf. Once the sixth installment arrives, it’ll almost certainly put the Resident Evil franchise into the rare billion-dollar club. Each film has been a consistently solid performer, despite the (typical) diminishing returns for aging franchises. After The Final Chapter? Go ahead and start the clock until the studio pulls the trigger on a reboot. Who knows: Maybe the next, next film can be a straight-up adaptation of the original game.
Production on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter kicks off next month, and the film is set to open Jan. 27, 2017.