“The undead ride motorbikes and shoot machine guns”
Oct 3rd 2011
By Total Film
Director Paul W.S. Anderson starts shooting Resident Evil: Retribution in a week's time so he had plenty to say about the project during an interview with Collider.
“We’re bringing in the Las Plagas parasite, which I love because it allows the undead to basically run around, ride motorbikes and shoot machine guns, which no one’s done before,” he said.
Anderson also explained how one action sequence would be lifted from the game, albeit with a change of vehicle.
“There’s a great action sequence which we’ve been inspired by from the fifth game, which is where the characters are driving in a Hummer through the desert and they’re being chased by zombies shooting machine guns on motorbikes. We’ve taken that and we’ve kind of run with it. We’re not gonna use a Hummer this time we’re gonna use a Rolls Royce Phantom, cause no one’s ever done a car chase with a Rolls Royce Phantom before. And I’ve discovered why, because it’s really, really expensive.”
He also explained the thinking behind the introduction of new characters from the games into the film.
“[The new characters] is something that’s kind of come out of Milla [Jovovich] and I talking to fans, feeling the characters that people wanted to come in. [We chose] three of those that seem to be the fan-favourites that we’d never touched on: Leon Kennedy, Ada Wong, and Barry Burton,” Anderson said.
“We really went out of our way to get people who looked as much like their characters as possible from the game. This actor Johann Urb, who I’m very excited to be working with, not only is he a really good actor but he looks like Leon Kennedy. I mean you put photographs of them side-by-side, it’s almost like he was manufactured by Capcom.”
Will including the Las Plagas parasite improve this series? Or can what is effective in a videogame look silly when it's on the big screen? Also, do you love the Urb as much as Anderson does? Tell us below!