In what shouldn’t be surprising news, Paul W.S. Anderson announced that “Resident Evil 6” is on its way. The long-running video game series will continue the story of Alice (Milla Jovovich) and her battles against the evil Umbrella Corporation. What began as an interesting and fun zombie movie has turned into a convoluted post apocalyptic thriller with no end in sight.
Anderson will be back to direct “Resident Evil 6,” and in some interesting trivia, this will only mark the fourth time he has directed an installment of the franchise, although he has produced them all. Anderson took on the original video game adaptation in 2002 but didn’t return to the director’s chair until the fourth movie in the series in 2010. With the franchise hitting its sixth movie, it is one of the longest running in Hollywood today, but it has a ways to go to reach other long lasting franchises.
At 22 films, “James Bond” is the longest running franchise still actively putting out movies today, unless you count the convoluted history of “Godzilla” movies, which is producing their 29th effort right now. Bond has been through six decades now, with six different men playing the iconic British secret agent. What is interesting about this franchise is they don’t just keep grinding out the same movie every time, and switch things up. What is even more impressive is that the last movie, “Skyfall,” ended up being the most successful in the franchise’s history, as well as being critically lauded. It seems to be growing finer with age.
“Star Trek” is now sitting at 12 films, once “Into Darkness” hits theaters this year. Out of the films, there were six movies with Captain Kirk and the cast of the original television series. The seventh movie presented the very popular “Next Generation” cast, but also bridged the gap by including Captain Kirk as well. While “Next Generation” was a critically acclaimed TV show, their movie appearances were nowhere near as good and they only lasted four movies before the franchise seemed to die in 2002. However, in 2009, J.J. Abrams brought the original crew back in an origin story, which proved to be a hugely successful reboot.
“Friday the 13th”
More similar in structure to the “Resident Evil” series is “Friday the 13th.” The series has seen 12 movies hit theaters, starting with the masterful original in 1980, which had nothing to do with a zombified ax killer at all. However, Jason appeared for the first time in the second movie and the story continued on, allowing him to kill camp goers for most of the series. They occasionally tried to spice things up by sending Jason to Manhattan, outer space and then having him make his way to Elm Street to battle Freddy. The most recent movie was a rebooting in 2009, but it failed to impress many people.
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