Paul WS Anderson hinted at a sixth Resident Evil episode during a rousing Sony session that featured spectacular first-look footage from Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 follow-up Elysium as well as reels from Rian Johnson’s Looper and Len Wiseman’s Total Recall reboot.
“I feel this is definitely the beginning of the end,” Anderson said during the Hall H presentation on Friday afternoon (13). The filmmaker had just shown the trailer plus previously unseen two minutes of incomplete footage from Resident Evil: Retribution, in which his wife and franchise star Milla Jovovich is put through her paces in a climactic fight.
“Paul told me once about an idea he had for Resident Evil 6,” Jovovich said during the Q&A session. “He said he wanted to bring things to a close.” None of the filmmakers elaborated further. Screen Gems will unleash Retribution in North America on Sept 14.
Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley and producer Simon Kinberg joined Blomkamp (pictured) on stage to talk up MRC’s Elysium, a futuristic parable about humans struggling to survive on a disease-ridden Earth while the wealthy have fled to a luxurious space station.
Damon revealed how he was impressed by Blomkamp’s deep understanding of the world and described how the filmmaker had created a graphic novel on his computer to better convey the project’s story and visual scope. Columbia Pictures will release in March 2013 and QED International handled sales outside the US.
Looper director Rian Johnson and his stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt spoke about Endgame Entertainment’s time-travel action sci-fi, in which the Mob sends targets into the past to be executed.
Bruce Willis was unable to attend because he is filming A Good Day To Die Hard in Eastern Europe, however he was the subject of warm praise from his colleagues.
“Trying to embody Bruce fucking Willis is no small feat,” Gordon-Levitt said. For her part Blunt stated: “I feel this is the best movie I have been a part of.” FilmDistrict will release in the US on Sept 28 and FilmNation handled international sales.
Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston and Jessica Biel joined Beckinsale’s husband and director Len Wiseman to discuss Total Recall. Wiseman showed an action-packed six-minute reel that featured numerous shots of a cityscape that appears to owe its roots to Blade Runner and Star Wars.
Wiseman said the revisited storyline did not involve a trip to Mars.