Every horror franchise likes to flirt with a supposed "final chapter." Horror fans don't even blink. It's just business. Really, it's just the studio putting a gun up to the franchise's head saying, "If you don't watch this, it's all over!" So, why should it be any different for the upcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter? According to Ali Larter, who was recently confirmed to reprise her role as Claire Redfield in the series, The Final Chapter is indeed the "final chapter."
"I know it is," Larter told IGN. "How many movies have this kind of fanbase and get to be made six times? I think that's extraordinary. It's a total testament to [series star] Milla [Jovovich] and Paul [W.S. Anderson]. I'm so grateful to them, that they chose me to be a part of it halfway through, and they've kept me along for the ride. I love that it's not seven men and one woman. I mean, these are two women, and they're not competing with each other. You know, there are such easy clichés these two could fall into, but this is definitely a female power movie.”
Larter's return as Redfield was seen as a sign of Anderson wanting to wrap up the series, after the actress curiously sat out the previous installment, 2012's Resident Evil: Retribution. As for what's in store for Alice and her rag tag group of apocalyptic survivors - besides more of Jovovich spinning, kicking, and shooting guns in slow-motion 3-D, presumably - Larter could not say.
We are not allowed to say one thing. I am held to secrecy, but what I can tell you is that the script is amazing. They're really wrapping up the whole series, so that just makes it a little more poignant. To be able to come back and reprise my role as Claire and my relationship with Alice, with Umbrella Corp. -- you know, I'm excited to get back in it. I think the fans are just going to be beyond excited.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will start shooting in South Africa this September and will be released on January 27, 2017.