Director of Resident Evil films has never actually played any of the games

In a recent interview, zombie-slaying Milla Jovovich let slip that hubby Paul Anderson, the director of the Resident Evil films, has never actually played the source material that his films are based on. Instead, he watches walkthroughs performed by “professional video game players”.

“They play the games for weeks and give Paul the footage. So he’s literally watching days of the most awesome Resident Evil players out there to get inspiration for the next installment of the franchise.”

Well, that’s better than nothing I guess, and there could be a barrier here in that Anderson might not be familiar with actually playing videogames. But seriously, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever watched the Resident Evil films; they feel completely detached from the games, almost like a separate franchise.

– Rory

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2 Responses

  1. To be fair, though, he probably doesn’t have gratuitous amounts of free time to play through the entire game himself. I’ll concede that he could at least try and pick up the atmosphere from a partial play-through–perhaps even with the writers of the films–but this probably wouldn’t be the best use of his time. And since film and video games are very different mediums, we shouldn’t be surprised that these adaptations try and tell different stories, rather than rehashing any particular episode(s) from the series.

  2. I agree with the first point Urie, but it does definitely show in the films – they just don’t capture the essence, feel or atmosphere of the games, and while trying to tell a new story was in its own right admirable, what was the point in using the Resident Evil name? Economic imperative, I guess.

    Why let a ‘non-fan’ handle the film adaptation?

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