'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' latest news: 'Resident Evil' film series to hit $1 billion gross mark

(YouTube/Sony Pictures Entertainment)A screen grab from the official trailer of the horror movie "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter."

Many years have passed since the first "Resident Evil" movie debuted back in 2002. Now, the film is finally bidding its farewell with the upcoming release of its sixth and final installment, "Resident Evil: The Last Chapter."

Box office earnings of the previous five films already exceeded the $900 million gross mark. Once the sixth film is launched for a worldwide theater release, projections expect the sci-fi action horror film franchise to break the 1$ billion gross mark. If so, the "Resident Evil" movie franchise will conclude as the highest grossing game-to-movie franchise of all time.

In an interview with Deadline, when asked what passing the $1 billion mark would mean to them, film producer Jeremy Bolt said, "Proud, especially because we think this is the best one and we'll end on a high note, creatively."

"We learned a lot from this film and take those lessons into doing something new, in the video game world we know best," Bolt added.

According to the synopsis published on the film's official website, the sixth movie will be picking up right after the final events depicted in "Resident Evil: Retribution." Alice, portrayed by actress Milla Jovovich, remains as the lone survivor after what was meant to be humanity's final battle against the undead. To save what remains of the human race from the apocalypse, she must return to the place where it all began, The Hive in Raccoon City, and finally put an end to the Umbrella Corporation.

After the release of the last film and the conclusion of the "Resident Evil" film franchise, director Paul W.S. Anderson has set his sights on working on another game-to-movie film adaptation, particularly CAPCOM's popular video game "Monster Hunter."

"Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" is scheduled to hit the theaters in Japan on Dec. 23 and North America on Jan. 27 on 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.

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