In addition to sharing some of the plot details, the filmmaker also talks about the new characters and responds to the criticisms to 'Resident Evil 5'.
Director Paul W.S. Anderson has shared plenty of details about "Resident Evil: Retribution". Speaking to Collider in a recent interview, he opened up about the plot that involves more action scenes, the characters and the production of the forthcoming video game-adapted movie.
Of the plot details, Anderson explained the new parasite that will appear in some action scenes in the movie. He said, "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."
"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 gun on motorbike," Anderson added. "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," the filmmaker revealed. "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."
Responding to the critics saying that "Resident Evil 5" has become too action-centric while sidelining the horror aspect, Anderson said, "One of the strengths of the 'Resident Evil' game franchise is that they keep changing it up. Some people complain about that, and it's a complaint I hear sometimes about the movies as well, ' 'Resident Evil' is horror, why do you keep doing action?' Well, that's one of the things that the games have done as well. They've always kept an element of horror but they've become increasingly action-driven games with these phenomenal action sequences."
As reported previously, lead actress Milla Jovovich hinted that there will be some new characters that will appear in the upcoming film. On why he chose those characters, Anderson explained, "[The new characters] is something that's kind of come out of Mila 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-favorites that we'd never touched on: Leon Kennedy, Ada Wong and Barry Burton."
Anderson added that he needed to find actors who look so much like the characters, saying, "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."
To begin the production on October 16 in Toronto, "Resident Evil 5" is also planned to be shot in Tokyo and Moscow. Aside from serving behind the lens, Anderson also serves as the producer as well as the screenwriter for the upcoming movie, which is set to hit U.S. theaters on September 14, 2012. The cast ensmble also includes Michelle Rodriguez, Ali Larter, Sienna Guillory and Boris Kodjoe.