Screen Gems has postponed the premiere until January 2011 to give more time to director Paul W.S. Anderson to finish the film.
It seems that fans have to wait a little longer to see Milla Jovovich's Alice returning to big screen. Despite the actress' claim that "Resident Evil: Afterlife" was still scheduled for an August 27, 2010 release date, Screen Gems has provided several sites with a release schedule which mentions that the film is now slated to hit theaters on January 14, 2011. To fill the empty slot, the studio has moved up vampire thriller "Priest" starring Paul Bettany from its original release date on October 1, 2010.
As it has been reported before, the reason for the delay is to give more time to director Paul W.S. Anderson to complete the fourth installment of "Resident Evil" film franchise in post-production. With the new release date, this upcoming zombie movie will compete with MGM's thriller "The Cabin in the Woods", which was pushed back from 2010 so it can be formatted for 3D.
When report of "Resident Evil: Afterlife" delay first emerged on Monday, December 7, Jovovich took it to her Twitter page to deny it, writing "RE Afterlife IS NOT officially pushed. There have been talks of pushing it as they r not sure they can have it ready by july." Moreover, she claimed they were still trying hard to meet the summer deadline.
"Resident Evil: Afterlife" is currently filming in Canada and the shooting is expected to be finished in December this year. The story will revolve around Alice, who continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety in a world ravaged by a virus infection, where its victims are turned into the Undead. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but she gets some unexpected help from an old friend.