RE 5 director explains why Michelle Rodriguez couldn't stay dead

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Dec 17, 2012, 4:24 PM EST

Director Paul W.S. Anderson has made a career out of Resident Evil movies, and with the fifth installment just a few weeks away, he said he needed something special to make Retribution stand out. So he decided to bring one of his favorite characters back to life.

Across four films and 10 years, the Resident Evil franchise has seen a lot of cool characters come and go—so Anderson is digging deep into the archives for his new (old) roster of enemies and allies for Alice (Milla Jovovich).

He told MTV:

"I wanted to make a truly epic post-apocalyptic film. That's what we set out to do. We wanted an epic scale. We've been all around the world shooting. We went to Tokyo, Moscow, Washington DC, New York City. To add to that epic feel, I wanted to bring some of the dead characters back."
At the top of his list? Michelle Rodriguez, who played Rain Ocampo and met her maker in the first Resident Evil a decade ago:
"I wanted to see Michelle again...on the first movie, there was a point where she had a bullet wound in her head. When we were shooting that, she came up to me with blood trickling down her forehead and she said, 'Paul, you're really going to regret doing this.' And you know what? She was right!

As soon as the movie came out and we started talking about making another one, it was such a bummer that Michelle couldn't be in it. We've spent a good chunk of the last few years trying to figure out how to bring Michelle back. Thank goodness we finally did."

Resident Evil: Retribution opens Sept. 14, but if you can't wait until then for some Paul W.S. Anderson action, the director can next be seen as a guest judge on the Sept. 11 episode of Syfy's Face Off.

What do you think about the decision to bring Rodriguez back for the latest sequel? Have you missed her?

(Via MTV)