Magazine article Variety

Around the World with 'Resident Evil'

Magazine article Variety

Around the World with 'Resident Evil'

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From a deserted Las Vegas to a virtual Shibuya, "Resident Evil" has always pushed boundaries as the franchise has taken its show on the road. Onscreen the franchise has been a visual playground, with scenes taking place in Times Square, coastal Alaska, and Moscow's Red Square.

For exec producer Robert Kulzer, the decision to incorporate a landmark often has roots in practicality.

"Russia, at the time, was a very, very strong marketplace and we try to keep these markets happy"' he says. "So we go to the distributors and say, 'would it help if we do a premiere in Moscow,' and the answer is, 'yes.' And it would even be better if part of the movie would play there. Then, obviously, you listen to that and you try to incorporate that into the world."

But for director Paul W.S. Anderson, the reasoning behind Red Square was more personal: his wife and the franchise's lead, Milla Jovovich, was born in the Soviet Union.

"I thought it was really cool to take Milla back to Red Square," he says. "There's a very direct link there. …

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