Hot on the heels of Resident Evil: Afterlife's successful opening weekend comes word that a fifth film will happen. While hosting the Mercedes-Benz Tea Party at the new Lincoln Center restaurant, Lincoln, the franchise's star, Milla Jovovich told Vulture, "So we're definitely going to make another one."

Apparently her husband and the series writer-director, Paul W.S. Anderson, not only has some Resident Evil 5 ideas brewing, but he's also looking to get the fans' input, too. Jovovich explained, "We've been talking to a lot of fans on Twitter and stuff, so it's probably going to be one of the first movies where we really talk to fans to see what they want, and what characters they want to see. It's going to be a more interactive process." While diehard Resident Evil fans are likely drooling over the opportunity to contribute, I'm sure Jovovich is just as excited herself considering she's quite active on Twitter. (She's actually one of my favorite celebrities to follow.)

While it's quite clear the quality of work, particularly the plots, have gone downhill since the first Resident Evil film, there's no denying that that deficiency has zero effect on the movies' box office hauls. Back in 2002, the first film earned $17.7 million opening weekend and from there, things only improved. 2004's Apocalypse began its run with a $23 million opening, then in 2007 Extinction started strong with $23.7 million and now we've got Afterlife, which earned the franchise its biggest opening ever with a $27.7 million haul. Of course the high 3D ticket prices gave Afterlife a nice boost over its predecessors, but the fourth installment is certainly a success and considering the film came to a close leaving the door wide open for another, news of a fifth in the works is no surprise.

As much as I'd like to see Anderson focus primarily on the story the next time around, it's quite obvious that people checking out the Resident Evil films aren't interested in sensible plots or meaningful dialogue; they want action and there's really nothing wrong with that. As compared to Extinction and Apocalypse, Afterlife was a major step up in that realm. Plus, Anderson's use of the third dimension is quite impressive. Afterlife is the first 3D film that didn't cause my head to spin since Avatar.

There's really no use in examining the issue any further; it seems as though there will "definitely" be a fifth film and I'd like to bet it's just more of the same. However, when more of the same keeps bringing people back to the theater time and time again to check out Alice in action, there's absolutely nothing wrong with sticking with what works. Lastly, if you've yet to check out Afterlife, make sure you don't get up right when the credits role; when that fifth film does comes out, you don't want to be out of the loop.
CATEGORIES Action, Cinematical