PREPS MOVIE TRANSITION
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[ March 14th 2002 ]
Jovovich's Alice, in leather boots and mini skirt,
match Angelina Jolie's butt-kicking Lara Croft
at the box office, or is model-turned-actress
Jovovich headed down the same route to a box office
flop as all-digital Dr. Aki Ross?
are questions inquiring producers of Resident
Evil, the latest film based directly on a successful
video game, are asking ahead of the movie's debut
on Friday. Last year's two major games-turned-movies,
Tomb Raider, starring Jolie as the game's heroine,
and Final Fantasy, with the fully-digital character
Ross, had very mixed results. Tomb Raider was
made for about $80 million and grossed over $131
million in the United States alone.
Fantasy, widely regarded as one of the most advanced
animated films ever, reportedly cost $137 million
to make and grossed only $32.1 million in the
U.S., a result so poor the studio arm of Japanese
video game publisher Square Co. Ltd. , which made
the film, went out of business. What's to say
Resident Evil won't meet the same fate? The answer
may well be the director's obsession with the
game. "I lost like three months of my life with
'Resident Evil' (the game)," director Paul W.S.
Anderson told Reuters. "What really helps is if
you have a team making the movie... that are really
big fans of the game."
Evil franchise began in 1996, has spawned four
games and sold 18 million units worldwide, according
to Bill Gardner, president of Capcom Entertainment,
the U.S. arm of Capcom Co. Ltd. , the game's publisher.
"The strategy and direction this film took is
a little bit different than has been taken in
past," Gardner told Reuters. "This time the strategy
was to let the movie makers make the movie ...
about the video game." Gardner said Capcom was
not involved in the making of the film beyond
having script approval, and he said he has not
yet even seen the film.
tells the story of "Alice," a security operative
for the multinational conglomerate Umbrella Corp.,
which derives most of its profits in secret from
research into genetic engineering and viruses.
That secretive research is done underground in
a facility called "The Hive." When the experimental
T-Virus is released into the Hive's air system,
the "Red Queen," a computer system that controls
the Hive's functions, kills all its occupants.
suffering from amnesia as the result of one of
the Red Queen's security measures, must lead a
commando team into the hive to find and stop whoever
spread the virus. They also must try to escape
the scores of Hive workers killed by the Red Queen,
who have been reanimated by the T-Virus's nerve
regeneration properties and turned into blood-sucking
is being released by Screen Gems, a unit of Sony
Pictures Entertainment, itself a part of Sony