Magazine article Variety

Digging into Myths for 'Retribution'

Magazine article Variety

Digging into Myths for 'Retribution'

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When "Resident Evil: Retribution" hit theaters Sepl . 14, many of its faces no doubt looked familar - to fans of both the films and games.

The fifth installment in this 10-year-old franchise ranks as its most ambitious. And to ensure success, writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson tapped deep into the game and film's mythology, assembling a who's who of characters.

Michelle Rodriguez's Rain Ocampo and Colin Salmon's James "One" Shade, both from the first film, are back. And popular characters Leon Kennedy, Ada Wong and Barry Burton make their debut from the game world.

They'll all rack up some serious frequent-flier miles. With settings ranging from Tokyo to New York to Washington, D.C., to Moscow, "Retribution" could be the start of the series' culmination.

"When I came back to do the fourth film, I said I hope it's the start of a brand new trilogy," Anderson says. "I feel like there's one more movie to be made where everything comes to an amazing climax."

The film's epic scale brought with it the series' biggest budget. "Retribution" had a net production cost of $60 million - twice that of the first film in the series, but just a slight bump from the amount spent on 2010's "Resident Evil 4."

Expectations are similarly high. The franchise's fourth installment grossed $60 million domestically, but took in $235 million outside North America. Martin Moszkowicz, head of film & TV at Constantin and exec producer of the films, says the series earnings to date stands at $700 million ($588 million according to Rentrak) - and the studio expects to cross the $1 billion mark by the end of "Retribution's" run. …

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