‘Resident Evil' Producer Looks to Extend Franchise7 Sep, 2004 By: John Gaudiosi
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's long-awaited Resident Evil: Deluxe Edition DVD lands this week to coincide with the theatrical release of the second film, Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
The $19.95 disc comes with a free movie ticket for fans to see the sequel, which opens nationwide Sept. 10.
Jeremy Bolt, the producer behind both video-game-to-movie projects — in talking about the relationship between the game, movies and DVDs — said the new DVD includes much of the content that he and writer/director Paul Anderson wanted to give to fans.
“We shot an original ending for the movie and then changed it for the ending that appeared in the theatrical release,” Bolt said. “The new DVD offers fans a look at that original ending.”
Since the movie serves as a prequel to Capcom's best-selling horror game franchise, a featurette chronicling “Resident Evil: From Game to Screen” is among the dozen or so bonus items included on the new disc.
“With both of the ‘Resident Evil' movies, our goal was always to come up with the best idea for the movie and to pay respect to the game universe, but not to be enslaved by the games,” Bolt said.
In Apocalypse, screenwriter Anderson blends characters and sequences from the video game with his own original story. Alice (Milla Jovovich) will interact with game characters. There are settings in Raccoon City taken directly from the video game, which will give the 24 million gamers who've bought the game something to enjoy. Like the first film, the story doesn't require knowledge of the game universe.
Bolt said they're still determining what content will be on the Apocalypse DVD.Bolt hopes that Apocalypse does well enough for the third movie, which has been called Resident Evil: Afterlife in online reports, to bring the saga to a close.
Resident Evil 4 for GameCube ships Jan. 11.