The Reel Deal – 2nd October 2009; Zombies and Metal Gears
It’s been a while since the last Reel Deal but this week, we bring news of zombies and Metal Gears in the form of Resident Evil: Afterlife and the Metal Gear Solid fan film, Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy. These video game series are two of the most influential in the industry so we have come to expect big things from their big screen counterparts.
The Resident Evil films have been the most successful game-to-film adaptations in Hollywood so it’s no wonder that Paul W. S. Anderson would continue the series with Resident Evil: Afterlife. Production on the film has begun and with it comes new information.
On the returning characters, Mila Jovovich will reprise her role as Alice alongside Ali Later as Claire Redfield. Also returning will be Spencer Locke aka K-Mart.
Making his big screen debut will be Chris Redfield played by Wentworth Miller. He’s most known for his role as Michael Scofield on the television show Prison Break. He has the looks and the ability to pull off Chris, although he’ll need to pack on the muscles if they decided to go with a Resident Evil 5 vision of him.
In addition, Shawn Roberts will be taking over the role of his nemesis, Albert Wesker. If you remember, Wesker was briefly seen in the last film as a hologram played by Jason O’Mara. It’s a bit difficult to picture Roberts as Wesker as this will be his first major film role.
Shooting has begun in Canada with the film set for a fall 2010 release, and in 3D no less.
Straying away from zombies, Sunday marked the release of the greatest fan film made; Metal Gear Solid Philanthropy. The film, headed by Hive Division, is the product of Giacomo Talamini and a team of dedicated film students.
The film revolves around Solid Snake as he infiltrates the “Overnight Nation” in an attempt to find out just what is going on. This isn’t his usual solo sneaking mission though as he will be assisted by Elizabeth Laeken, a highly successful mercenary, and Pierre Leclarc, an excellent sniper.
To keep it simple, this is one of the best fan films out there. Clocking in at almost 70 minutes and costing around $13,000, it shatters what’s considered a ‘fan film’ by today’s standards. Probably the most notable aspects of the film are the CGI and special effects. The environments, the mission briefing and even the Metal Gears look absolutely amazing. The voice actor for Snake has his role down to the mark.
This is only the first part in a three part script so there are plenty of questions that need to be answered. Hopefully the team will continue with the second film. Show your support by watching the film below or downloading it from their website.