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Paul W.S. Anderson

Paul W. S. Anderson
WonderCon 2012
Born Paul William Scott Anderson
(1965-03-04) 4 March 1965 (age 49)
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
Occupation Film director, producer and screenwriter
Spouse(s) Milla Jovovich (2009–present)
Children Ever Gabo Anderson (3 November 2007)

Paul William Scott Anderson (born 4 March 1965), also known as Paul W. S. Anderson or Paul Anderson, is a English film director, producer and screenwriter who regularly works in science fiction movies and video game movies. Despite his considerable success at the international box office, Anderson has been heavily criticized for his work by both critics and movie-goers alike.

Early life

Anderson was born in Wallsend of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Educated at Newlands Preparatory School, Gosforth and later at Newcastle's Royal Grammar School, Anderson went on to graduate from the University of Warwick as the youngest student to achieve a BA in Film & Literature.

Career

Anderson made his debut as the writer-director of Shopping, which starred Sean Pertwee, Jude Law and Sadie Frost as thieves who smashed cars into storefronts. When released in the United Kingdom it was banned in some cinemas, and only gained a release in the United States as an edited, direct to video release.

After this, he directed the successful 1995 video game adaptation Mortal Kombat. While prior video game movies, like Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros., had been all-out disasters, Mortal Kombat was well received by fans, and some critics. He declined to direct the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, which was not well received by critics or fans. Anderson was asked to direct a third movie, Mortal Kombat: Devastation, but declined again because he was too busy filming Resident Evil.

The success of Mortal Kombat gave Anderson free rein to choose his next project, Soldier, written by Blade Runner screenwriter David Webb Peoples. Intended as a "sidequel" to Blade Runner, the movie was set in the same universe (but not the same planet), and contained numerous references to the earlier film. Kurt Russell was attached to star, but was unavailable at the time, which delayed the production. In the meantime, Anderson made the science fiction horror film Event Horizon. It was poorly received at the box office, and Anderson blamed the failure on studio-enforced cuts. While not a box-office success, the film gained a small cult following.[1] Soldier was eventually completed and released in 1998, but was a disaster both commercially and critically.

After the poor performance of both Event Horizon and Soldier, Anderson was forced to think smaller. His planned remake of the cult film Death Race 2000 was put on hold, and he set about writing and directed a TV movie, The Sight, in 2000. It was a minor success, and Anderson returned to cinema screens in 2002 when he wrote and directed an adaptation of the survival horror video game series Resident Evil. At that point he began to credit himself as "Paul W. S. Anderson", to avoid confusion with the American director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Produced on a moderate budget in comparison to his earlier movies, Resident Evil was a commercial success in cinemas and on DVD. Resident Evil was budgeted for a smaller budget of 33,000,000 and brought in $102,441,078 in the box office. Anderson then wrote, but did not direct, the sequels Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction, both of which were commercial successes.

Anderson's next project was the much-anticipated Alien vs. Predator, a concept hinted at in Predator 2 and later popularized by a series of Dark Horse Comics. A movie version had been stuck in development hell for several years despite the franchise crossing into every other form of media, from books to comics to video games. The film was finally released in August 2004, grossing $172,544,654[2] internationally on a budget of $60 million, but received mostly negative reviews. Screenwriter Peter Briggs, who had penned the very first Alien vs. Predator screenplay, disputed some of Anderson's other comments in an online interview, saying Anderson's claim that Briggs' original screenplay was "locked down" was incorrect, and that many elements of Anderson's screenplay were suspiciously similar. [3] A sequel was made, called Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, which Anderson was not involved in.

After completing Alien vs. Predator Anderson rebooted his Death Race 2000 remake and finally got it released as Death Race in 2008. A prequel was made in 2011, called Death Race 2, which Anderson wrote (but did not direct). In 2010, Anderson wrote and directed the fourth installment in the Resident Evil film franchise, Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Anderson directed the 2011 adaptation of The Three Musketeers, who were played by Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, and Luke Evans.[4]

Anderson wrote and directed the fifth installment in the Resident Evil film franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution. In March 2013, it was announced that Anderson will direct the sixth and final installment of the Resident Evil film franchise.[5]

Personal life

In April 2007, People magazine announced that he and actress Milla Jovovich were expecting a baby girl in November 2007. The two met when Anderson directed her in the first Resident Evil. They were engaged in March 2009 and were married on 22 August 2009.[6][7] Jovovich gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Ever Gabo Anderson, on 3 November 2007 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.[8]

Filmography

Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Producer
1994 Shopping Yes Yes No
1995 Mortal Kombat Yes No No
1997 Event Horizon Yes No No
1998 Soldier Yes No No
2000 The Sight Yes Yes Yes
2002 Resident Evil Yes Yes Yes
2004 Alien vs. Predator Yes Yes No
Resident Evil: Apocalypse No Yes Yes
2005 The Dark No No Yes
2007 DOA: Dead or Alive No No Yes
Resident Evil: Extinction No Yes Yes
2008 Death Race Yes Yes Yes
2009 Pandorum No No Yes
2010 Resident Evil: Afterlife Yes Yes Yes
2011 The Three Musketeers Yes No Yes
2011 Death Race 2 No Yes Yes
2012 Resident Evil: Retribution Yes Yes Yes
2013 Death Race 3: Inferno No No Yes
2014 Pompeii Yes Yes Yes
2014 Resident Evil: Salvation Yes Yes Yes

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Paul Anderson at The Numbers
  • Box Office Mojo
  • Paul W. S. Anderson interview at JoBlo.com
  • Paul WS Anderson interview on TheCinemaSource for Resident Evil: Afterlife

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