Further notes

With the theatrical success of Resident Evil, a sequel was quickly greenlit for production in the middle of 2003. More confident of a success, filmmakers Constantin Film; Davis Film and Impact Pictures invested $50 million,[1] some $11 million more than the original. Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson was tied-down with Alien vs. Predator, and turned down the Director's chair in favour of Alexander Witt, though continued on as writer.

Writing Edit

Paul W.S. Anderson, writer of the first film, was brought back to write a sequel script. The early draft title was Resident Evil: Nemesis, though was changed to avoid confusion with Star Trek: Nemesis.[1]

A major writing problem in the original film was Constantin's refusal to allow Anderson to use existing characters in the belief an adaptation would be unpopular. Their vision changed following the film's release, and consequently Anderson was allowed more liberties in his writing. He envisioned an ensemble cast of original and game characters working together to escape Raccoon City, with Alice battling the Nemesis in a train station. To simplify the story after casting issues, the part of Claire Redfield was dropped.

Anderson planned to tease Alice's infected status earlier in the film, with an Undead walking past her in a gun shop and ignoring her entirely. This was replaced with a flashback sequence, to appear later.

Casting Edit

Milla Jovovich was the only actor to return for the sequel, owing largely to the near-total body count in the original. Actor Jason Isaacs, who played a senior researcher at the end of the film, also did not return, but became or inspired the character of Dr. Alexander Isaacs.

A shortlist of 6-7 actresses was made for the part of Jill Valentine. They were brought to Toronto for tests, with Sienna Guillory ultimately being picked. Capcom producer Shinji Mikami was opposed to the character appearing in a film, fearing it would harm the character's Japanese fandom. However, he ceased his protests after seeing Guillory's early performance.[2]

Rapper Snoop Dogg was originally cast with the role of Lloyd Jefferson Wayne, but backed out due to personal issues. Comedian Mike Epps replaced him, and faced line changes to make room for comedic ad-libs.

Filming Edit

Principal photography took place between 6 August and 23 October 2003. Toronto and its surrounding suburbs were used for location filming. Toronto City Hall stood in for Raccoon City Hall, with a miniature replica built to show its destruction in the bombing. The National Trade Centre stood in for Umbrella's facility at the end of the film. The Prince Edward Viaduct was used as the Raven's Gate Bridge leading out of the city; the Viaduct filming restricted traffic for three days.

Raccoon City Junior School was based on three buildings. The external shot at the start of the film was of the he exterior shot of Raccoon City Junior School shown at the beginning of the film is Central Technical School, with interior shots consisting of Bloor Collegiate and Northern Secondary.

Duncan Street was used for filming of the car crash at the start of the film where a truck hits an Umbrella SUV.

Hamilton Cemetery was used as the graveyard adjacent to Raven's Gate Church in which zombies rose from fake graves placed near real ones. The helicopter crash site was filmed at Webster's Falls, also in Hamilton.

The final sequence of Alice getting into a car had several shoots to allow for a second-opinion. In the first version, Alice would hop into the car used by Carlos and Jill and use her powers to destroy the Umbrella base. In the second, Cain was to sit in a limousine, tracking Alice's movement on a laptop. He would realise too late that she was outside his limousine and shoot him in the head as it drives off. The idea would later be used in Extinction where Dr. Isaacs' team is ambushed by Alice. The final version, which made it to theatres, had Alice escape with Carlos and Jill, but the facility was not destroyed and it reveal Isaac is tracking Alice. The idea of the Umbrella logo appearing in Alice's eyes was only envisioned in post-production.

Previous to filming, just as in the first movie, actors playing zombies were trained at a zombie "boot camp." Actors were coached to act as zen-zombies (a creature that relentlessly follows its target) and liquid zombies. Anderson and other crew members were tempted to make the zombies move faster but decided that it would be breaking with a fundamental element of the games.

Nemesis was an actor in a suit, Matthew G. Taylor, with only special-effects applied to certain parts of the characters body (such as the eye of the creature). Despite Taylor being 1.98 metres (approx. 6 feet, 6 inches) in height he was still considered too short, to hide this the character wears large boots and in many scenes the Nemesis was stretched to appear taller.

The same dog-team was used for the Cerberus' as in the first. The look of the Dobermans was achieved through a combination of make-up and computer-effects. Due to the dogs' inexplicable reluctance to dive through a sugar-glass window as they had done before, the window in the scene was done in CGI. Also, with the make up of the blood on the dogs, it was very difficult to keep it on, because the dogs kept licking it off.

Editing Edit

At the end of principal photography and into post-production, a number of changes were made to the film to make way for its theatrical release, and a number of scenes were slimmed down or dropped altogether.

In the scene where the Raven's Gate Bridge is closed to refugees, the Umbrella guards were scripted to shoot on the civilians to scare the others away from the barricade. This was deemed too brutal, and an alternative shot of the guards firing into the air was filmed.

Shots of the Nemesis were 'squeezed' to make him look taller. While the actor was very tall, audiences complained he wasn't tall enough in comparison to the game version. In squeezed shots, cars can be seen to be slightly out-of-scale. An example of this edit can be seen when the Nemesis walks away after blowing up the theater.

A scene showing the "Regenerate" commercial, or an in-universe version of it, was to appear somewhere in the film. It was cut when the high number of downloads for the "Regenerate" trailer made using it pointless, as it had already been seen.

The Lickers were fully computer-generated this time, though the use of physical puppets was considered for a while. To avert the problems faced during the production of the first film, the CGI work of the lickers began early in production.

In the ending in which Alice breaks out of the Umbrella facility, alternate shoots were made. The sequence where Alice kills a man via monitor screen had already been rewritten to make more believable special effects with an over-the-top, Scanners-style head-explosion replaced with nose and eye bleeding implied to be caused by brain damage. The scene was nonetheless cut, but was restored.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Resident Evil: Apocalypse: An Explosion of Horror.
  2. Resident Evil: Apocalypse, DVD commentary.
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