Video game movies almost never work. Whether it’s Super Mario Bros., Doom or even Warcraft, filmmakers are rarely able to translate the interactive journeys that players experience into a linear, two-hour story. So what’s the key to making a successful film series based on a video game franchise?
For Sony Pictures Entertainment, the answer is simple: have a nearly invincible character murder everyone in her path while on the run from zombies.
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No one is going to claim that the Resident Evil film series is fine art, but somehow, 15 years later, we’re getting yet another sequel. You can watch the ridiculous, action-packed, zombie-filled trailer for The Final Chapter below:
“Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.”
This series has “ended” more than once, but with a title like The Final Chapter, the studio certainly seems to be making a statement about the status of Resident Evil going forward. That’s not to say that we couldn’t get a new series with a new hero in the future, but this is probably the end of Alice’s story.