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Resident Evil movie sequel on track

Assault on Precinct Raccoon City?

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Capcom representatives have apparently confirmed that Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the cinematic follow-up to last year's enjoyable Resi outing from Paul W.S. Anderson, is scheduled to arrive in US cinemas during October 2004.

Although Anderson will get the writing credits, the film's IMDB page suggests that Alexander Witt is working behind the camera. Witt has worked mostly as a second unit director on films ranging from the terrifyingly awful (Speed 2: Cruise Control) to the fondly remembered (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator and most recently Pirates of the Caribbean).

According to the plot synopsis, Apocalypse picks up where the first film left off as Alice (Milla Jovovich, returning) finds herself desperately trying to escape from a shredded Raccoon City along with Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), Carlos Oliviera (Oded Fehr) and his Captain, Nicholai (Zack Ward), while the now heavily mutated Matt Addison (Eric Mabius) stalks them as the Umbrella Corporation's monstrous Nemesis.

Following the release of RE Apocalypse, Capcom representatives have also confirmed that Onimusha and Devil May Cry films are on track for late 2005 and late 2006 respectively. Let's hope the lot of them are strong and inventive and understand what made the games good, rather than shrink-wrapped Hollywood sequels drawn up by folks who know nothing more about the games than what's written on their press releases. There are far too many of those...

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