The Resident Evil 6 release date has been confirmed for a 12th September 2014 according to Shock Till You Drop. The announcement means that star Milla Jovovich will reprise her role as Alice, and given the cliffhanger conclusion of the fifth instalment, it promises to be packed with mindless rip-roaring action.
Here’s the scoop:
When we spoke to director Paul W.S. Anderson prior to the start of Resident Evil: Afterlife (part four) he told us he had mapped out a story for a new trilogy which would carry the franchise into a sixth film, so you know he’s ready. While we don’t have a title for that sixth film, there is a confirmed release date…
ShockTillYouDrop.com has learned Sony/Screen Gems has set a debut date for September 12, 2014 which means Anderson and star Milla Jovovich will likely begin shooting the new film this fall.
The Resident Evil franchise has never lived up to its potential in terms of narrative but it is undoubtedly one of the most profitable franchises of the last decade. The fourth movie, Resident Evil: Afterlife grossed a series high $296 million worldwide in 2010 followed by Resident Evil: Retribution in 2012, which grossed a global cume of $221 million.
The main contributing factor to the success of these two recent instalments was the introduction of 3D. The sustained international demand for this format has ensured that the limited domestic appeal of the Resident Evil franchise is offset by massive international takings (Retribution grossed $42.3 million domestic and $179.4 million international).
However, the box-office performance of Retribution suggests that the sixth movie should be the final instalment with too much pressure being placed on its international performance. Resident Evil 6 will undoubtedly maximise its box-office potential if it is billed as the last in the series, which will in turn, immediately establish it as an event movie.
There is doubt as to whether series producer, Paul WS Anderson, will return to the director’s chair for the sixth film as he’s currently preparing to film Pompeii this year with Kit Harington and Emily Browning. It’s unlikely he can shoot both, so another director may have to take on the film
Expect more developments on this in the coming weeks.