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Paul W.S. Anderson: The Greatest Director of Our Generation

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 23, 2009 |

In a studio-driven Hollywood environment where small directors are consistently pushed into the fray, it’s great to see that the talents of Paul W.S. Anderson are still being appreciated (please don’t confuse him with that hack, Paul Thomas Anderson — There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love). W.S. is the poobah of the 21st century’s best genre: The video-game movie. Check out this man’s impressive resume: Mortal Kombat, Even Horizon, Soldier, Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator. Man: I want this guy to have my avatar babies.

W.S. is not just the greatest director of our generation, however. He’s also an incredible producer who has given us two more Resident Evil movies and the underappreciated DOA: Dead or Alive. But thank God he’s not finished. Production Weekly is reporting that an eight-week shot will begin on Resident Evil: Afterlife at the end of September. No director has been attached yet (please don’t deprive us of your talents, W.S.), but we do know that Milla Jovovich will be back, and Anderson has penned the script. We only have to wait 14 more months to see it on the big screen, too. A release date has been set for September 17, 2010. Mark it.

But, W.S. ain’t done, yet. The man has a lot of irons in the fire — and he will poke them all up your ass. After it was seemingly left for dead after Stomp the Yard director, Sylvain White, abandoned the project, W.S. has miraculously managed to resurrect the Castlevania movie by finding a director of near equal stature to take it over. James Wan (Saw) has officially signed on to write and direct the video-game adaptation, according to Bloody Disgusting. And Wan is thrilled by “the opportunity to make a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the gothic storyline and the cool, anime-like characters.”

Me too, James. Me too.

For the uninitiated, Castlevania is about Simon Belmont, a descendant of a famous vampire-hunting clan, who has to storm a castle and fight his way through a mess of vampires for the chance to take on Dracula himself. And according to Wan, he’s going to merge the Dracula mythology with a Japanese pop-cultural sensibility.

Stand back, Tarantino. You could learn a few things.

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