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Resident Evil director Paul WS Anderson's latest project will be a huge volcanic disaster

05.02.2011

Some people seem to consider the output of filmmaker Paul WS Anderson to be tragic, if not cataclysmic.

Now it will intentionally be both. The guy who brought us DEATH RACE, AvP and the RESIDENT EVIL series is going back in time and paying a visit to POMPEII, the Roman city buried/petrified by ash following the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The project will reportedly be an epic TITANIC-style period adventure-romance. THR says the story, set at the time of the historical earth-blast, "revolves around the slave of a shipping tycoon who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master's daughter. What the slave doesn't know is that she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he's been sold to another owner.

Just when things can't get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius erupts with the power of 40 nuclear bombs. But the slave is trapped on a ship headed for Naples, separated from his love and best friend, a gladiator who is trapped in the city's coliseum. As fire and ash destroy the only world he's ever known, the slave is determined to get back and rescue them."

No cast has been announced, but Milla Jovovich will play someone, probably.

Anderson's next period story, the 3D version of the Dumas tale THE THREE MUSKETEERS, is due in October.

Extra Tidbit: Call me insane, but I was thoroughly entertained by Anderson's RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE. I'm not sure I was supposed to be laughing hysterically through most of it, but I most definitely was.
Source: THR

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