It took us a while, but we finally came to love the Resident Evil movies here at CraveOnline. The first film was alright, we guess, but Resident Evil: Apocalypse was so atrocious that we gave up altogether on the franchise. It was only when Resident Evil: Retribution came out last year that we threw up our hands and watched the whole five film series back-to-back, if only so we'd know what the heck was going on. The bad news: we still had no idea what the heck was going on. The good news: we finally tuned into the series' overblown wavelength, and began to enjoy the franchise's miasma of bullet-riddled, skintight latex zombie fetishism. Resident Evil: Retribution was a damned fun film, and its ridiculous cliffhanger left us wondering when we'd finally see Resident Evil 6.
More good news, then: Resident Evil 6 is coming on September 12, 2014.
CraveOnline's sister site Shock Till You Drop has learned that the next film in the hit series is due out in just a year-and-a-half. Details about Resident Evil 6 (subtitle TBD, but may we suggest "The Last Temptation of Wesker?") are non-existent, but it is presumed that Milla Jovovich will return to the lead role of Alice, a former Umbrella Corporation agent/whistleblower/science experiment who once invaded Japan with an army of her very own psychic clones. You know, because that happens sometimes. Paul W.S. Anderson will presumably be involved, although there's no confirmation of whether he'll return to the director's chair. He may not have the time, since his period piece disaster movie Pompeii is also due out that same year.
Normally this is the part where we'd speculate on where the franchise could go from here, but seriously, that's not what the Resident Evil movies are about. They're about sitting back and letting Paul W.S. Anderson do things to you from the other side of a camera. You're probably in for a lot of slow-mo, sexy outfits, outlandish plot twists and explosions. Beyond that, Resident Evil 6 could be about llamas playing rugby with the future of mankind in the balance and we wouldn't even bat an eye.
What do you think? Is the world ready for Resident Evil 6? Will this series ever run its course, or will we keep Jovovich backflipping her way through undead armies and Michelle Rodriguez clones until she's in her seventies?
William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel, co-host of The B-Movies Podcast, co-star of The Trailer Hitch, and the writer of The Test of Time. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.