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The third in Capone's RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE interview series brings us writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here, with the third of four interviews with the folks behind the upcoming RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE. I've already posted a pair of lovely discussions with Wentworth Miller and Ali Larter, who play the brother and sister team of Chris and Claire Redfield. But today, I have someone a bit different to present to you. Few steadily working directors have as much of a…um…following among the Ain't It Cool News talkbackers than Paul W.S. Anderson. You guys really seem to admire and respect him, uh huh. And weirdly enough, he's never agreed to do an interview with anyone from our site until now. Go figure. But I'll give the guy credit, he sat down and addressed not only the film he was there to talk about, but also his reputation among the geek army. The reason for our chat was his latest film as writer-director-producer, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, only the second in the series that Anderson has actually directed (he also did the first). I still think one of his best works is his first feature, 1994's SHOPPING, which he followed up with such film as MORTAL KOMBAT, EVENT HORIZON, SOLDIER, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, and 2008's mostly entertaining DEATH RACE. We ran out of time before I got a question out about his next film, a retelling of THE THREE MUSKETEERS, starring his wife and RESIDENT EVIL partner in crime Milla Jovovich, Mads Mikkelsen, Orlando Bloom, Ray Stevenson, Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, and Christoph Waltz as Cardinal Richelieu. Great cast, and I'm sure Anderson will focus largely on the literary roots of Alexandre Dumas' novel and not so much on the action. Okay, who am I kidding? The first thing that strikes you when you meet Anderson is how young he looks, so much so that it's almost impossible to believe he's 45. And then when you realize that his passion and exuberance about everything he talks about makes him seem even younger, you might actually get angry at life. He gets so excited when he's talking that he spends a lot of time starting and stopping and backtracking on what he's saying, which may read as slightly strange in a transcription. And while I don't think we'll be pen pals or anything like that in the coming years, I genuinely enjoyed our conversation and his honestly about people's reaction to his work. Enjoy my talk with Paul W.S. Anderson, which was delayed slightly when a man began talking to him just as we were set to start our interview.
Paul W.S. Anderson: That was Jason Statham’s agent. Capone: Ah, okay. PA: Got to be nice. [laughs] Capone: That’s right. I had an interview about a year and a half ago with Jason Isaacs, who obviously you know pretty well… PA: Oh, yeah. I love him. Capone: This wasn’t going to be my original first question, but since it’s come up a couple of times, they say you just have this endless supply of optimism, even when things don’t go right. When you're making a movie or when the response isn’t what you'd like it to be, you just have this great supply of optimism and you just want to push forward and move onto the next thing. Does that sound like you? PA: Yeah, that sounds like me, absolutely yeah. Capone: Okay.



PA: All I ever wanted to be was a movie maker and that’s the only job I ever wanted ever since I was a kid, and I figure “I have the best job in the world and I’m so lucky to be doing it.” That’s where my enthusiasm comes from. I love making movies, and they are hard things to make, and it’s hard to make a really good movie and you have to try really, really hard, and usually circumstances don’t all line up. It’s hard to make the perfect film in a perfect way, so movie making is dealing with problems, and you’ve got to be able to do that. That’s my job. Capone: You have kept your hands very deep in this franchise, even when you weren't directing it. Why was this the time to come back as a director? PA: There were two reasons. One is a very basic reason, which is I really missed directing RESIDENT EVIL movies. I had the best fun making the first one and I wrote and produced the second and the third ones, but I missed the fun of directing one and I missed the fun of working with Milla [Jovovich] and I wanted to have that experience again. So that was one motivating factor, and the other was “if you are going to do another RESIDENT EVIL movie, why?” “Why are people going to come see another RESIDENT EVIL movie?” Capone: Anytime you go beyond three, you’ve got to really have a reason. PA: Right. “Why?” and my answer was, we are going to make the biggest and the best RESIDENT EVIL ever and we are not just going to make it in the usual way. We are going to step up the gear. If the franchise is going to continue, it needs to step up it’s game. It’s no secret, I’m a huge admirer of James Cameron, and we kind of looked at what he did with the TERMINATOR franchise where if you look at the difference between T2 and T1, you know, T2 is the same actors, it’s the same story, it’s the same franchise, but he stepped his game up. He made it a more epic movie, and I thought, “That’s what we have to do with RESIDENT EVIL, we have to make an epic RESIDENT EVIL movie,” and 3D was part of that, but also making it a more globetrotting movie was part of that. We shot in Tokyo, we shot in Alaska, we shot in Hollywood, and we shot in Canada. We went all over the place shooting the movie to give it a really epic scale, and I thought I was the right filmmaker with the right skill set to be able to pull that movie off. Capone: The opinions on 3D right now are about as varied as they get. Is it more exciting for you to show this here today and a little nerve-wracking than any of the other films you've brought here? PA: It’s funny, when we were talking about gong 3D, I had seen all of the 3D movies made when they came out. I went to go see them in the 80s; I went to go see them in the 90s. Capone: Same here. PA: And I always loved the idea of 3D, but I thought it was a concept where the technology had not caught up with how good the concept was. It was a great idea, if any of the technology could catch up, and then when Cameron very kindly screened a chunk of AVATAR for us over a year ago, two things became very clear. One was he was making an amazing movie, but the other was he had cracked 3D. And with the camera system that he built for it, he was capturing 3D images on a scale and on a level and of a quality that I had never seen before, and that’s when I said, “You know what? We should go 3D and we need to use this camera system to shoot with, because it’s the best that’s out there.” Like anything associated with James Cameron, it’s high end. I mean, he builds his own camera rigs. Everything is high end and it’s expensive, right? Capone: Right. PA: And so I had to convince the studio to pay for it, because there are cheaper ways to do it. We could shoot a 2D movie and we could convert it. It’s cheaper and it’s easier and it’s safer, because when you shoot 3D the cameras are bigger and you shoot slower and you need more light, so it takes longer, so everything is more expensive. So I had to persuade the studio to part with more money, but they were happy to do it, because they believed in the vision of making a bigger and a better RESIDENT EVIL, and my feeling is if we are going to do 3D, we have to do the best 3D available and that’s the Cameron Pace rigs and doing it properly, shooting it in 3D. Also, I feel as a filmmaker, you have a responsibility. If you are asking an audience member to pay a premium price for a 3D ticket, you have to deliver a premium product, and I think this is the right way to deliver that product. I always refer to the conversions, as “Two-and-a-half D.” [laughs] It’s beyond 2D, but it’s not really 3D. Or it’s kind of like, you can drink a great bottle of Dom Perignon and you can brink a bottle of Thunderbird, right? They're both doing to get you drunk, but I know which is a better experience. [Both Laugh] Capone: Yes! PA: So we decided to go this 3D route and shoot real 3D and commit to that and all of the expense and the extra complexity that that entailed. You know, it’s funny, we wrapped RESIDENT EVIL in December of last year and it was like people were like “Oh, it’s a 3D movie? That’s interesting,” but it was no big deal, right? And then AVATAR was released, and then January 1, suddenly Hollywood was like “Have you seen how much money this thing is making? 3D for everything!” and suddenly everything had to be 3D. We were already 3D and we had been slowly kind of working our way, making our 3D movie and actually it’s going to be the first, real live-action 3D movie to come out since AVATAR. Capone: Wow. PA: That’s just a fact. All of the other live action movies have been conversions, and I think people will see what a real 3D movie looks. We did a foreign press junket down in Cancun recently, and from the press reaction there, the people were coming up and it was like “Wow, now I understand what 3D is supposed to look like. I didn’t really get it before, because I would take my glasses off, because I didn’t really like it, or it kind of looked a bit funky” I think the difference between shooting in 3D and what people have seen--CLASH OF THE TITANS for example--it’s like night and day and I’m very proud of the job we have done and I’m very proud of the way the movie looks and hand on my heart I can say it’s the biggest and the best RESIDENT EVIL yet and the 3D, it rocks. It rocks, and I think people will, as audiences become more educated, I think they are going to know the difference between real 3D and fake 3D, and I think in five years time, I don’t think anyone is going to be dimensionalizing, because I think all of the big quality films are going to go shoot 3D. Capone: Right. PA: I understand why it’s happening now, because people have a pipeline that they want to fill. But you see like PIRATES is going real 3D. They are shooting 3D. Scorcese’s movie [HUGO CABRET] is 3D. I think the filmmakers who care about their movies are going real 3D. Capone: Yeah. I don’t know if you were here yesterday, but the footage they showed from DRIVE ANGRY, the Patrick Lummier film--he did MY BLOODY VALENTINE last year--basically car chases and wrecks in 3D, and he shot it in 3D. It even says on the poster “DRIVE ANGRY, SHOT IN 3D” in almost as big letters, and it looked awesome. I’m really excited to see what you’ve got to show today. PA: The clip we are showing was all shot in the rain, or a lot of it is, and rain looks fantastic in 3D. Any particular matter looks very good in 3D, like rain, smoke, underwater looks good, so there’s no surprise RESIDENT EVIL has lots of rain, smoke, and underwater. But as a post-process if you wanted to do that, you would have to rotoscope around every single rain drop, which is impossible. You can’t do it, so that sequence would never look the same in a post-production process. Also, I don’t understand, with 3D and when you dimensionalize something, you are taking important creative choices about your film and you are giving those choices either to a computer program or to a rotoscope artist in India, and I don’t understand filmmakers who want to sacrifice that level of creativity and control over their product. Capone: I can imagine cinematographers would be insulted by some of the choices that might get made. PA: That’s the thing. That’s what I realized after 20 years of movie making. When I shot this movie, I felt like it was my first film again. Capone: I was going to ask if you had kind of a learning curve with it. PA: Yeah. I felt like I was shooting my first movie again, which is very exciting. I had to relearn filmmaking, because you frame it up and you put the 3D glasses on and you look at it and you go “Wow, this is how I would have framed it for 2D, but this doesn’t really work now.” You frame differently. You move the camera in a different way. We are really the first movie to ever edit 3D, because the Avid software came out one week before we started shooting, so we edited in 3D, so in the cutting room you would wear the 3D glasses. Even Cameron when he was doing AVATAR, he would edit 2D and then he would watch a projection of the 3D, and then he’d go back and change it, because it plays differently in 3D than it plays to 2D, which again makes a mockery of taking a 2D movie and dimensionalizing it. So in many ways, the movie is really on the cutting edge of 3D. Capone: When I was talking to Jason Isaacs about you, I asked him about his relationship with you, and he did say, “Yeah, he gets picked on a lot on the internet for some reason.” Do you feel like maybe you get picked on maybe more than some other people or more than you deserve? You must be aware of it to a certain degree. PA: Listen, there was a like from UNFORGIVEN where Clint Eastwood says, “Deserves got nothing to do with it.” [Both Laugh] PA: It is what it is, and I think if you work in… I’ve almost exclusively working in genre filmmaking, right? And genre fans are very passionate. You are pro or con. They are very passionate, and so you get a lot of stuff written about you--good stuff and bad stuff and if people don’t like you, they really don’t like you, and they are very vocal about it. But you have to look at the bigger picture, which is for my movies to work or not work, like the last RESIDENT EVIL theatrically made $150 million worldwide, which if every movie ticket cost $10 dollars--which it doesn’t, they are cheaper than that--that’s 15 million people that went to go see the movie worldwide. Now, what am I going to care more about, 15 million people who pay their money to go see a film or a few hundred people who vocally express their opinions on the internet? I would love to be loved by everybody, but if that’s not going to happen, “C'est la vie.” I do passionately care what the fans think of the movie, but I care in way where I go to the cinema and I watch it play with people watching it and I see their reactions. That, to me, is my validation as a filmmaker. I’m not a review-driven filmmaker. I see the audiences and that’s what I love about watching movies with American audiences, they are very vocal about what they think and if they like it, they cheer and they clap and if they hate it, they boo and they throw things at the screen [laughs], which for an Englishman--people don’t watch movies like that in England. They kind of watch them in a stone silence and then they leave and you don’t know “Did they like it? Did they hate it?” You have no idea what their reaction to it was, and then they talk about it afterwards. I remember my first American filmgoing experience in Times Square, and I went to go see TOTAL RECALL. Capone: There you go. PA: And, oh my word! And the point where Arnold has discovered Sharon Stone is a spy, and she tries to kill him and he’s got her banged to rights. She says, “You wouldn’t kill me, would you? I’m your wife.” These two women stand up beside me and start going, “Kill the bitch! Shoot her. Shoot her in the head!” I’m just this quiet Englishman going “My goodness” and then when he shoots her, he goes [In a perfect Arnold imitation] “Consider this a divorce,” you could not hear the next scene, literally the next scene went by and I couldn’t hear anything anyone was saying, because the whole audience was like “Waaah!” For me, that’s what I make my movies for, like when I go see the reaction people had to certain scenes in DEATH RACE or the reaction people have to the RESIDENT EVIL movies, that’s what it’s all about. I’m a populist filmmaker and I’m making it for a popular audience. I come from a generation of British filmmakers where there were really no populist filmmakers in the UK when I was growing up. It as all very intense art house, all period movies, so my generation never got movies made for them, so that was kind of a radical thing coming out of cinema in Britain, to be a populist filmmaker. Capone: Yeah. I remember seeing SHOPPING in the theaters in America. I love that movie. PA: Oh good. They are re-releasing it on DVD any second now. Capone: Really? Did you do anything new with it? PA: Yeah, I did a commentary for it. Capone: Okay, cool. PA: Which I had never done before, and I’m trying to find some storyboards in my garage somewhere. Capone: Paul, thank you for talking to us and being so candid. There may be a couple people who say nice things about you that never have before. Brace yourself. PA: Yeah, baby! Great meeting you.
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  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    His focus is all wrong.

    by TresEquis

    It's not that fifteen million people were suckered into paying to see RE. It's that almost six billion people intentionally chose not to.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    let the shit flinging commence!

    by savagedave

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Third? Series?

    by Aquatarkusman

    This is the most unnecessary exposition on a garbage-time film since Dick Cavett spent a week with the cast of Saturn 3.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I'm in.

    by Se7en

    A 3D film shot using the proper hardware after Avatar. And live action. Count me in.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    His films are at WORST always watchable...

    by Playkins

    ..at best they're entertaining. Not a bad record in my book.<P> And- waking up next to Milla Jovovich every morning wouldn't be too bad either.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    BOTTOMLINE: DONT TAKE THESE MOVIES SERIOUSLY

    by gruemanlives

    ...OR EVEN ASSOCIATE THEM WITH THE RESIDENT EVIL GAME FRANCHISE, AND IT'S ACTUALLY QUITE STUPID FUN.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    hmmmm....

    by macheesmo3

    Maybe he should team up with Uwe Boll and make and Aliens Vs Aushwitz movie!! Oh Oh I know! A zpmbie Auschwitz movie! That would make tens of dollars! And would really get the crowds hooting and hollering at the screen!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    no edit function....

    by macheesmo3

    love this place but man the forum system is older than I am (and I ain't no 20 somethin!)

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Event Horizon -

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    His only movie I have time for. He wasted the potential of both Alien Vs Predator and Resident Evil!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    don't get the hate

    by Buffalo500

    He makes entertaining movies, e.g. Event Horizon, R.E., Death Race. (ok I hated AvP). There has to be some reason so many geeks here hate him cause it's not his films. My guess is it's the herd mentality.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Typical geeks

    by m_prevette

    ...they just love to hate Anderson...and I'd love to see what kind of movie you idiots would come up with. Look, Anderson makes well done, fun movies, not Oscar material. He has loads more talent than fucking Eli Roth, and hell...I'd take his films over the full-of-himself shit from PT Anderson any day...the fuck rips off a different director for each of his pretense-fests and has yet to do anything original. Only indulgent. There. Oh and Rodriguez sucks too.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Anderson's movies are always fun.

    by NinjaRap

    Fuck the haters. Everything he's made is entertaining (I would put "Soldier" as the weakest), although I would argue that when he doesn't direct the films he writes, they're weaker for it.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    He's a nice guy and a very alright director.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Good for him and his approach to film making

    by Juggernaut125

    And for the record (Harry), I'm a BIG fan of his movie 'Soldier'. So there.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    As a gamer

    by SQUIDDLY

    I think about the wasted chance to make GREAT resident evil films. I do not understand why anyone would buy a hit videogame franchise and re-write it. The characters and mythology already exist, Paul ws anderson picks little peices which would make a cool set peice and shoe-horns it into one his plots. Yes these films may be fun but they could have been so much more. THAT is why I dislike his videogame adaptations. His non videogame films are entertaining to me.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    And

    by SQUIDDLY

    Citing ticket sales as a solid number of people who liked the movie. Like the same 15 million people arent the ones saying it was shit and a waste of money.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    As a gamer myself

    by NinjaRap

    I think he nailed the first Resident Evil movie. It captured exactly the right tone and did an excellent job. He didn't have a ton of budget to work with, so clearly he couldn't do a shit-ton of monster variety in that one. So he took a common setting to most of the games - the underground lab, which always seems to exist in Resident Evil titles - and brought in some new characters - the better for suspense, my dear - and told an excellent story with great direction backing it up. The second one, he caved to fanboy pressure and brought in some of the game characters, and the movie feels weaker overall. The third one... listen, I don't know why the fuck we would go SO FAR off the rails of the game mythology as to DESTROY THE WORLD, which has never, EVER happened in the games. This ain't DEAD RISING. So I wasn't happy with that decision at all.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    SQUIDDLY

    by Juggernaut125

    Yah. That sort of rang false to me too. Selling 15 million tickets does not mean equal fans. It just means you've duped 15 million people into seeing a movie. Some of them like it. Some won't.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Can't forgive him for AVP

    by andrew coleman

    He ruined two... Two easy franchises to make. I'm with some here he's made some fun movies(Event Horizon, Soldier) but he ruined both those franchises so he needs to just go away. RE4 looks horrible real 3D or not.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Anderson is not even mediocre

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I have to admit Soldier is somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine but PWSA is a poor writer director. I'm not an unbridled hater, I'll be first to applaud if he ever makes something decent but there is a good reason why he is so universally loathed.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    PWSA if you're reading this...

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Sorry dude but your films SUCK. I know you yearn to be accepted by the geek community, but its never going to happen.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    He's a Hack

    by Professor_Bedlam

    Come on! This is why he has to keep coming back to this because no one else wants him to direct anything else and also it is because he is married to the star! Which I still can't believe she picked him of all people! He ruined the Aliens vs Predator franchise! And that franchise was served to him on a silver plater! He is just a C movie director even if he is a nice guy! And we all know it! Even himself!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    When it comes to AVP, I'm with Jim Cameron

    by NinjaRap

    In other words, I thought it was great. Fuck the haters.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I'm not a fan of his stuff, but it's all a question of image.

    by The Dark Shite

    I'd say at his very worst, he's a Robert Rodriguez level director. They both make low brow genre movies. Usually bad ones. Yet RR has managed to swindle himself an image as a "cool auteur", while Anderson's considered a hack. <p> I don't even watch his movies, but from what I've seen he's at least a technically superior director to Rodriguez. <p> Look at AVP. Terrible, terrible movie. But technically well made. If it was a standard action/monster movie, it would be fine. As an AVP movie, it's dreadful. BUT it's STILL better than Predators. <p> I know Robert Rodriguez didn't direct Predators, but it's his baby. How he gets away with churning out such amateur shite time after time, while Anderson is called a hack, is beyond me. At least Anderson knows his craft, even if his films aren't very good.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Its no surprise Cameron is a fan of PWSA

    by sansara07

    Deep down Cameron knows he's a very simlar film maker to PWSA. Both are technically proficient with a love of gun porn and ass kicking female characters, and both are derivative, hackneyed story tellers. Cameron is the more polished turd, but essentially he and PWSA are kindred spirits. Cameron has far far more in common with PWSA than a true great film maker like Chris Nolan. If Cameron made an Alien movie today it would be very, VERY similar to Anderson's AVP. Hence his praise for it.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    and for the record,

    by Gidney

    guys don't have "lovely conversations." ick.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    the reason people hate on anderson

    by thesmilingpsycho

    he copies, not just pays homage, but poorly copies from other material. his movies are crap. and he wastes alot of potential franchises. he is the safe choice for most studios. appealing to a more mainstream audience who doesn't know about or care about the original source material he is ripping from. it's mindless stupid action for the sake of mindless stupid action. nothing smart or clever about it. fuck anderson.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    All RE movies suck

    by PedroM

    From first to the last one. Nothing to do with the games, except some characters they managed to screw up. That aside, i like Event Horizon.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    The tide has been turning on PWSA.

    by blackwood

    For the past few months, tens of people have been piping up in defense of him in the TBs. I love the RE series for it's B-movie goofiness. I am a big fan of EVENT HORIZON. Most of his other films are watchable if not particularly memorable, inoffensive at worst. The only exception is AVP, which did offend, because it took one franchise that had never failed to produce an interesting, heady, artful film (even if RESURRECTION and 3 sort of fail, they fail interestingly), and turned it into something inconsequential and jokey.<p>I would say the reason he keeps coming back to RE is, of course, in part because it's as much Milla's franchise as it is his and who wouldn't continue pumping out fun films for your wife to be awesome in? And also they make lots of money. No, profitability isn't a sign of quality, but the fact that each RE film has been more profitable than the last is a pretty solid indication that a lot of people enjoy the franchise.<p>As I've said before, I think he has it in him to be a lesser Carpenter, but so far hasn't shown the wit or genius. But I think he will, sometime. And if he doesn't, so be it. He's still a helluva lot better than Stephen Sommers or poor ol' Ratner.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    "people don’t watch movies like that in England"

    by buggerbugger

    That's because we're busy watching the movie. <br> <br> Still, it's nice to see Anderson admit that his goal is to make movies for people who act like chimps at a tea party.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    It's the same old shit. Just a different day.

    by FrecklesBauer

    PWSA through most this interview was spouting off about the technology. "We shot this for real 3d, conversions are bad, rotoscoping, yadda yadda, lighting" etc...McG did the same thing with Salvation, talking about the stupid effects time and time again. Cameron and Avatar, yet again, talking about how awesome the 3D is and how much work was put into the effects... <p> And that's what we get when we watch movies from directors who only focus on the effects. If that's your bag then enjoy the next PWSA movie. All the more power to you. Personally, I'd like some good dialogue and a story with my hash browns and explosions.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Ninjarap

    by SQUIDDLY

    The first resident evil game/film could have been done on a cheap budget. Its a zombie film in a mansion throw in an underground lab a few hunters and the Tyrant and thats resident evil one sorted. If you didn't want to kill of the main stars - Chris and Jill fair enough but you have the whole of STARS bravo team that died to kill off. Show weksers betrayal maybe kill barry off. I dont see why they needed alice (not in game) and the super computer (not in game). He could of made the first film without buying the rights to resident evil and capcom would have no grounds to sue as it has NOTHING to do with the resident evil games. I know some people say they dont want a copy of the game script and i agree but there is more going on behind the scenes when you control chris that you never see, put that in. And to please the fans stick a few "in game" moments there.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Event Horizon was PWSA's best work..

    by Stalkeye

    ..that being said, he's a bonafide hack who not only enforced pg-13 ratings on both mortal kombat and AVP, but made the RE franchise more of a comicbook fantasy as opposed to the survival horror genre.it's time for a reboot and give another director/writer a shot at the title.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    He has his head in the right place.

    by MainMan2001

    Event Horizon was pretty good. It did scare me at the time but I was a kid but still a deep space horror movie like something out of clive barker is totally fine by me. Resident Evil movies are so retardedly bad that I love watching them to laugh my ass off. So, I guess, in that retard they are totally entertaining. Though, Aliens vs predator was a complete and utter fuck up on all accounts and I was high as a kite when I saw that

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Also,

    by MainMan2001

    this guys living the dream and you really can't hate him for that. I guess you could but what would that say about you?!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    DEATH RACE IS A FUCKING MASTERPIECE! FACT!

    by Stuntcock Mike

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  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    PAUL "WHAT SCRIPT?" ANDERSON IS A FUCKING HACK!!!FACT!!!

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    His movies have all the subtlety of a retard banging a drum.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Mortal Kombat's still the best videogame

    by Joely_Boy

    adaptation film ever made. AND one of the best fighting films ever made. AVP was fuckin' awesome, it had such a looney plot! I fuckin' love it. <P>And Death Race was such a good looking, entertaining film. Yes, I fuckin' love Paul W.S.Anderson!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Joely_Boy, WRONG!!! SILENT HILL IS THE BEST GAME ADAPTATION!!!FA

    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Not a great fan of this guy, but...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    We, the AICN Talkbackers, don't have any great hatred of this guy. That's just some crap that Harry and his AICN minions have tried to pin on Anderson over many years. All of the AICN staff, and particularly Harry, have a curiously out-of-proportion vendetta against him, probably because Fatso's beloved Soldier was fumbled in Anderson's hands. The fact is, Anderson is no worse, and even a little better, than many of the other hacks out there, including some (*cough* Eli Roth*) that Harry and his lackeys like to shill to us. Double standards? You bet. Don't try and get us to toe your party line and agenda, Harry.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    He's 100% right about American/English cinema goers

    by connor187

    Its absolutely true about us Brits being reserved, especially in the cinema. Everyone just sits there in silence (apart from the loud fuckers eating snacks like they are going out of fashion). I mean people laugh in comedies etc but overall its a very quiet affair. I visited Florida in 2002 and I was very aware that Spiderman was opening on the second to last day that I was there. I ended up watching it in a huge cinema on International drive. Everything was pretty much the same, I got a hotdog, I found my seat, I sat down. The first "different" thing that caught my attention was when a guy walked in dressed in a Spiderman suit. Now this wasn't a kid or even a teenager, it was a guy in his thirty's or something, I laughed quietly to myself. Then the movie started. People started cheering as the title card come up, the whole cinema erupted when Parker kicked Flash's ass, people where jumping out of there seats and high fiving complete strangers who were sat near them, people booed at the bad guys and do you know what, it was fucking brilliant . I absolutely loved the atmosphere, I mean, there was an atmosphere for Christs sake. Whats funny is that when I returned home I found myself not talking about the actual movie, which wasn't due to open for another couple of months. I found myself explaining the great atmosphere I had witnessed. To this day every time I visit the cinema over here I kind of sit there, look about and think to myself.....Boring fuckers..ha!

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    i still dont get whats impressive

    by Bouncy X

    for how amazing the 3D in Avatar was supposed to be, it didnt look or work any better than the 3D trailer i saw for Pirhana before it. they both looked like lame pop up books or viewmaster images. the only difference between 3D today and back in the 80s is consistency. those older movies worked badly and only had a few instances that actually worked. these days things always "pop up" but it still looks just as terrible and the funny thing is after 20-30mins you adjust and dont even notice its 3D anymore so why bother? but alas they charge more so the movies makes more and they think it means its demanded.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    The first 20 minutes of every one of his films is cool

    by Stryder

    Almost consistently. I look back on Event Horizon, Soldier, the first Resident Evil... even AvP. But after that first 20 minutes of set up, things just kind of unravel. I do applaud Anderson for being completely passionate about his job and that's great that he doesn't take things seriously. I just don't think I can truly enjoy "turn your brain off" filmmaking when the budget is so high. If a movie is being sold as an A-list property, then I expect a certain level of quality. Of course, other film geeks might hold a grudge against him because he's clearly made it in the industry while their own genre heroes (Stewart Gordon, Don Coscarelli, etc.) make moves that are just as bad but have never gotten the financial breaks and wide distribution of Anderson. It ain't fair, sure... but... If he's able to lock into that valuable "lowest common denominator" market then cha-ching for him.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    AVP

    by prince_fufu

    I enjoyed AVP. It could have been much worse and it was far better than AVP2. It definitely was better than Aliens 4, and more fun than Aliens 3.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    This Talkbacker gives PWSA...

    by impetus

    ...two big thumbs up. AVP gets a lot of hate, but it's certainly not the worst of either series. It has some flaws, but I've watched it plenty of times so it must have done something right. Me, I love the guy. You can tell he's a huge geek at heart and cares about his work. Event Horizon is amazing. Death Race, though a poor remake, is voraciously fun taken on its own. Same goes for the RE movies. I love that they're each quite unique but still have an overarching narrative. I don't care if they aren't exactly like the games. (When Sony did create a movie in the game's universe, it was awful!) I have more respect for a director who can consistently deliver massively entertaining B movies over someone like Ron Howard or Rob Zemeckis who alternates between masterpieces and turds.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    The first Resident Evil was alright

    by turketron_2

    Just, alright. They got worse and worse after that, and I wonder how this one will fare. Will it at least be better than the last one? Better than the second one? Somehow awesome (unlikely)? Milla's always smokin hot but there's so much assmilk in these movies that they are hard to enjoy.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    should have asked him about MORTAL KOMBAT 3

    by Mike_D

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    PWSA - Endlessly disappointing

    by dastickboy

    So he's basically said, "I make films for the lowest common denominator". Jesus. He seems like a really nice, genuinely passionate guy, but he's about as far away from a visionary/artist as you can get.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Problem with Resident Evil

    by theyreflockingthisway

    is it's not Resident Evil. I have to admit I do own the film and it's a guilty treat every so often. It's not a terrible movie but it is a terrible Resident Evil film. <br><br> I read what he says about the fans being passionate, but there's nothing really in the film for the fans other than the odd reference (the train, the dogs). What people wanted was for it to be set in the old isolated mansion with Chris, Jill, Barry and Wesker - the characters the gamers love. We wanted the tyrant at the end, we wanted old damp rustly labs, not bright futuristic modern ones - more x-files than anything else. With the sequels, yes they've gotten more epic, but the Resident Evil games are about isolation, incidents in remote areas - not the entire world. <br><br> I'm always going to watch the Resident Evil movie on occasion but can't class it as a Resident Evil film. It's nothing like the game and it's a shame whenever I mention Resident Evil, people now associate it with mindless action rather than isolated survival.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Don't you hate it when

    by Lando Griffin

    the guy you shit on for hit shitty movies turns out to be a pretty nice, reasonable guy. His movies are not terrible but mediocre at best. I had never seen a picture of him before either - he wakes up to Milla every morning??? Please tell me theres a lesbo sex scene between Milla and Ali Larter shot in 3D.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    He really should have directed Mortal Kombat 2

    by Raymar

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    conversion summer

    by Mace Tofu

    9 months and this is the first real 3-D shot film!?! Hollywood has tainted 3-D right out the gate with a overload of poor bandwagon product. I love the line about the roto artist in India making your 3-D work for you lol. My Real Imax is getting this in 3-D so I'll check it out. I've seen all the RE films more than once, the last one was the weakest but still had a few good moments, a little too Road Warrior and I guess this next one will crib from T2 : ) Raymar, I would of liked a MK2 with the original cast and director.

  • Sept. 8, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Wait, he did AVP?

    by ClaireRedfield

    I hated that movie so much I never learned who directed it. Well... I guess I can't really jump to his defense here. Much as I think everybody is a little hard on him and the RE films, AVP was unforgivable. So, please, carry on.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Wesker in it and they shot the thing in 3D = ticket purchase

    by Tall_Boy66

    Avatar and, shockingly, Final Destination are the best-looking live action 3D movies so far, because they were all shot with the same camera system. And so is this one. And Wesker is in it. And Wesker rocks. So I'm in. the glasses thrown at the camera shot is a direct lift from RE5, which was one of my favourite moments in the game.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Besides, Les Wiseman is way worse

    by Tall_Boy66

    If we're talking genre directors who disappoint and let you down, it's totally Wiseman as the real hack.

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I love his movies, you know what your getting..

    by bongo123

    and its usually 2hrs of great entertainment and Event Horizon is one of the best sci-fi horrors ever, keep up the good work mate you have a geek fan here!

  • Sept. 9, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Wesker

    by SQUIDDLY

    Is an older looking suit that works for umbrella (WHAT!) he's not the badass from the games....are you surprised he fucked up wesker as well?

  • Sept. 9, 2010, noon CST

    seen the ads? Wesker has superpowers in this one

    by Tall_Boy66

    Just like the Wesker we all know and love post-resurrection retcon in Code Veronica. Yeah, he was just kinda hanging out in the last RE movie but all the ads in this one show Wesker using his crazy super-speed kung-fu. So that would be a hellova lot of fun.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Seems like a nice guy

    by Shpadoinkle

    I very much enjoyed about half of his movies (Shopping, Death Race, Event Horizon, Resident Evil - the first time anyway) and the rest are a bit cack but have some great moments in them. He's like a big budget Roger Corman which is no bad thing to have in this increasingly po-faced industry