This afternoon, I went to a special presentation of a completed scene from Resident Evil: Retribution that, unfortunately, didn’t take place. I did, however, get to see the new trailer in 3D, and Milla Jovovich‘s live Q&A session.
A few of her comments need to be specifically highlighted, I think.
When pushed into explaining how the film begins, Jovovich wouldn’t give away any plot or setting specifics, but did say that the sequence plays out in reverse. She didn’t make it explicit but there’s little doubt that this will have been inspired by the trailer for Dead Island, a zombie-based video game. The game itself was something of a letdown but the trailer, as apathetic as I felt towards it, was quite the viral smash.
Jovovich said that there’s a good reason for the sequence to play in reverse, and we’d have to see the film to find out what it is. Okay, sure. When’s it screening exactly?
Elsewhere in the Q&A, Jovovich said that her husband, and the series’ chief writer and director, Paul WS Anderson had pitched her a sixth film, and that it is intended to close this run of films. She said that Resident Evil would likely continue after this, but not with her. Anderson had this idea, she said, quickly enough to tell it to her on their one week holiday after finishing the shoot for Retribution.
Perhaps there’s a clue to where the series is head in the finale of Retribution. Again, Jovovich wasn’t able to reveal all but she did say that the climax features a brutal and “crazy” fight between her character, Alice, and the fan-favourite Jill Valentine. How does the fight end up? All she’d say is that Alice survives. Well… duh.
I’m most curious about this Dead Island rewind sequence. I’m looking forward to seeing how Anderson has applied this novelty, and to what end.
Resident Evil: Retribution is released this September, in 3D.