RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER
PAUL W.S. ANDERSON (Director/ Producer/ Writer) has become
internationally known for his action-packed, edge-of-your-seat films. All
together, his films have grossed over $2 billion worldwide, with #1 weekends
around the globe - an accomplishment that puts him in an elite group of
filmmakers. Anderson turns epic stories into must-see movies, having launched
four successful film franchises, and tackled diverse subjects such as classic
literature, science fiction, video game franchises, and historical fiction.
Born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Anderson graduated from the
University of Warwick with a BA in Film & Literature, he continued at Warwick to
become the youngest student to achieve an MBA.
Paul's first film was 1994's low-budget success Shopping, which Anderson wrote
and directed. Starring Sadie Frost and Jude Law (with an appearance by legendary
singer Marianne Faithful), this dark film about joyriding and ram-raiding
British youth was banned in some UK theatres, but established Anderson's flare
for high-impact action.
Shopping paved the way to Hollywood for Anderson, and 1995's Mortal Kombat
became Anderson's first American No.1 box-office smash. It was also the first
successful movie adaptation of a videogame. The triumph of Mortal Kombat quickly
established Anderson as the man who could take the game off the television and
make it explode on the big screen, and into a successful franchise. Sidestepping
offers to direct a sequel to Mortal Kombat, Anderson chose instead to turn his
attention to science fiction. His next directorial project is Event Horizon. Now
considered a cult classic, Event Horizon starred Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill,
Jason Isaacs and Joely Richardson.
Anderson returned to adapting videogames for the big screen with the survival
horror Resident Evil (2002), starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez.
Anderson wrote, directed and produced the feature. A resounding commercial
success, the movie spawned Anderson's second successful franchise that includes
No.1 hits Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012). Anderson
wrote and produced the sequels with Impact Pictures partner, Jeremy Bolt, he
returned to the director's chair for Afterlife & Retribution.
Anderson confirmed his box-office power when he wrote and directed the highly
anticipated AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004). This kicked off Anderson's third
successful franchise; the movie opened at No.1 and went on to be the
highest-grossing film in both the Alien and Predator series.
In 2008, Anderson's Death Race, starring Jason Statham and Joan Allen, rolled
into theaters. Anderson's film was a remake of the 1975 cult classic Death Race
2000 starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. The film was distributed
by Universal Pictures and was produced by Anderson through Impact Pictures with
In 2009, Anderson wrapped the sci-fi horror Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid and
Ben Foster, for which he took on the role of producer. Anderson and Bolt
produced through their Impact Pictures banner.
Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth film in the highly successful franchise
released in 2010. The film stars Milla Jovovich and was filmed using the Vincent
Pace 3D system developed for Avatar. It went on to become Anderson's first
global number one, staying at the top of the International Box Office for a
straight month and ultimately grossing $300 million worldwide.
Following this unprecedented peak with the ever-evolving Resident Evil
franchise, Anderson diversified to direct and produce the stylish and action
packed update of Alexandre Dumas classic The Three Musketeers for
Constantin Film and Summit Entertainment. Filmed in 3D the film boasts an
allstar cast including Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Logan
Lerman with Luke Evans, Ray Stephenson and Matthew Macfadyen as the charismatic
titular characters. Released in 2011 the film was globally embraced, grossing
$150 million worldwide.
Following on in 2011, Anderson returned to his blockbuster franchise writing,
producing & directing Resident Evil: Retribution, the eagerly anticipated fifth
installment of the Resident Evil movie brand. It blended familiar and beloved
faces with hot newcomers in this clever metamorphosis of the series. Released in
September 2012 it raked an impressive $240m worldwide. Bringing the Resident
Evil franchise to a spectacular worldwide gross of more than $930m.
In 2014 Anderson released Pompeii. Starring a stellar ensemble cast lead by Kit
Harrington of Game of Thrones fame, Kiefer Sutherland, Emily Browning, Adewale
Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carrie- Anne Moss & Jared Harris. It is a classic story of
love, friendship, greed and betrayal set against the spectacle of the eruption
of Mount Vesuvius. Visually stunning; Pompeii is an award-winning extravaganza
which has grossed $120m to date.
Anderson returned to the helm of his record-breaking enterprise in 2015 to
direct the culmination of the billion dollar franchise Resident Evil: The Final
Chapter. Intelligently tying together 15 years of storyline and splicing beloved
classic game characters with new monstrous adversaries this is the final journey
for the franchise's and indeed the genre's incomparable heroine Alice. Shot to
dynamic effect in South Africa the visually stunning, highly anticipated, action
packed finale is currently in post-production working towards a release date of
Jan 27th 2017.
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