“Paul W.S. Anderson is a successful director, yet paradoxically many of his films are barely watchable.”
I have read that George Romero was originally offered the first ‘Resident Evil,’ though his treatment of the property was eventually rejected. It’s worth noting that I haven’t read or seen that treatment, so I have no basis for understanding why the producers came by their decision.
And admittedly, Anderson’s film wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t great, but was at least effective. And since I never played the video games it was based upon, I can’t say how accurate it was to them.
Though the later movies in the Resident Evil series have gotten schlockier and schlockier, which is a pity because the production design of those that I have seen is typically top-notch (for “Resident Evil: Apocalpyse” production was led by Paul Denham Austerberry, and it’s attractive in a clinical, Germanic way. It reminds me of the work Carol Spier somewhat, which is a high complement). This time around Paul P.W. Anderson has passed the reins to Alexander Witt, whom would normally get the blame, or the kudos, for the end product.
I don’t blame Witt for the mess that is “Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” because Anderson not only wrote it, he produced it (along with Don Carmody and Anderson’s production partner, Jeremy Bolt), which says that a lot of what ended up on screen Paul W.S. Anderson wanted to be there.