Director Paul Anderson: Not playing games before adapting them is disrespectful

At one time we’ve all done it, or seen it done. We’ve stood in front of the class and delivered a report on a book we’ve never read. Rarely was it ever successful, and even when it was, we all knew the report would have been better had we actually read the damn book. Yet Hollywood has been doing the same thing for years according to Paul Anderson, director of the Resident Evil: Afterlife Movie.

Above: Just because we have no idea what this is, doesn’t mean we can’t make a movie about it

In a recent interview with Crispy Gamer Anderson responded to filmmaker Mike Newell admission that he had never actually played the Prince of Persia games whilst promoting the film of the same name. “That's like adapting a book without reading the book or adapting a stage play and never seeing the stage play. I think it's disrespectful to the medium, and it's disrespectful to the original source material, and ultimately, it doesn't make the best movie."

Above: See?

While Afterlife never even approached PoP’s worldwide gross of $335M, Anderson sticks to his guns “As a filmmaker, I'm definitely immersed in the world of Resident Evil, so even though we're choosing to tell slightly different stories and introduce some different characters, the movies are very much immersed in the video game world. You can see it from the way they're shot to what the production design looks like, to what the costumes look like. This is clearly a franchise made by people who know the intellectual property that it's based upon very, very well. I think it infuses the whole movie with the feeling of Resident Evil that I think the fans know is authentic.”

While Anderson’s research integrity is certainly appreciated, and he definitely doesn’t foul the air quite like another certain director does – and, hey, kudos on marrying Mila Jovovich – deference to the source material does not always a good movie make. Lest we forget Anderson is also responsible for the Alien Vs. Predator, Mortal Kombat and the Dead or Alive films along with the other Resident Evil films.

Above: In fairness, could a movie about a plumber jumping on goombas be made into anything other than this?

Still, we cannot help but feel that loving that material you’re working with will at least make the end result (whatever it may be) “better” than if you don’t. But we can probably all agree that just developing a compelling story and characters will make an infinitely better film than love alone. In either case, the last thing we want is for Hollywood to stop making game adaptations…how else would we get articles like this?

Any thoughts on the matter? Tell us in the comments.

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  • nubP - November 8, 2010 5:13 a.m.

    Was there ever a bigger case of the pot calling the kettle black?
  • curly_jefferson - November 8, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    Maybe the reason he disregards the story from the games is because the story from the games is Shit. Not that he's done much better but I suppose there's only so much you can polish a turd.
  • JADENkOTOR - November 8, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    .... and Mila Jovovich is fucking NAILS.
  • JADENkOTOR - November 8, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    Alright there is no way that Im the only person that likes Super Mario Bro. and Mortal Kombat... Anyway I like his message and whether not he is the best director in the world, you have to admire his respect for the video game medium. I would be so pissed if someone made a movie out of my game and didn't even take the time to play the fucker.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - November 7, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    I went into the Prince of Persia movie expecting it to be just another terrible game movie. To be honest though, I kept waiting for it to piss me off and it really didn't. I found myself to be very entertained. I asked the people whom I was with if they felt the same way and they agreed; it really wasn't half bad. And yes, it was a hell of a lot better than any Resident Evil movie.
  • gilgamesh310 - November 7, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    I don't know what Gamesradar are on about. Paul WS Anderson was not involved with the production of Street Fighter, Super Mario Brothers or the Dead or Alive films. You'd think they'd get their facts right about something like this before making an article of it.
  • ultimatepunchrod - November 7, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    i agree with what he's saying and even though i dont like the majority of his movies, this gives me some more respect for him
  • ZenRobot - November 7, 2010 3:29 a.m.

    well, Anderson played RE4 and look at the garbage movie he made for "Resident Evil 4".
  • Haikufrenzy - November 7, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    Paul Anderson being Paul Anderson is disrespectful to games.
  • egregious - November 7, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    Look, I know this is beside the point, you might want to hit up IMDB next time, Hodge.
  • taterboob - November 6, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    Anderson has absolutely no right to criticize anyone's filmmaking. Between Resident Evil and AvP, he has been given two franchises that were as close to a "slam dunk" as you can get, and managed to ruin them both. Plus his wife looks like a praying mantis.
  • Turbobison - November 6, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    I'll give Paul S Anderson some credit. He did do the original Mortal Kombat movie. That was pretty good. However, while it is a shit, SHIT, SHITTY, SUPREME SHITACULOR MOVIE, Super Mario Bros, has a lot of inside references that you'd have to go out of the way to catch. To be fair, he didn't have much of a story to work with.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - November 6, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    I think this deserves a little "NO SHIT, SHERLOCK".
  • oryandymackie - November 6, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    I think film is a tired medium. There is very little innovation going on.
  • paganpoet - November 6, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    I will always love the Street Fighter movie for camp value and the fact that Kylie Minogue was cast as Cammy.
  • thatblindgamer - November 6, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    Ah yes, because his movies follow Resident Evil so closely...
  • DecoyOctorok - November 6, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    As I'm sure others have pointed out, he had nothing to do with Street Fighter or Super Mario Bros. Say what you will about the Resident Evil series but he does bring up a good point here.
  • Syncmaster - November 6, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    "we're choosing to tell SLIGHTLY different stories" hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahha *breeds* hahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahaha
  • markshell - November 6, 2010 12:23 p.m.

    I don't get it.. How was Anderson responsible for the Mario Bros and Street Fighter Movie? Was he a writer or something? As far as I know he wasn't involved with any of these movies. I liked the first Resident Evil movie (although it has different characters, it nailed on the claustrophobic feel) and Mortal Kombat was awesome when it came out (Sure it's cheesy as fuck now, but it was amazing at the time)
  • Yaro - November 6, 2010 12:02 p.m.

    Mr Anderson says the truth. Although his stories arwe VERY not slightly different. The resident evil "feel" and atmosphere are really there, I was really disappointed by the stories and characters at first but it grew on me, it's a different take on the world. After watching the third movie I changed my mind from this fucking sucks this ain't resi! to well it might not be the same story but it IS a good resi movie and above average zombie flick. tl;dr version: Anderson's movie get the atmosphere but lack the original plot (which is bad of course), MOAR LEON!!!

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