Resident Evil is a film series loosely based upon the Capcom video games of the same name. Constantin Film bought rights to the first film in January 1997 with Alan B. McElroy and George A. Romero as potential writers. In 2001, Sony acquired distribution rights and hired Paul W. S. Anderson as writer and director for the first film Resident Evil (2002). Anderson continued on as writer and producer for the sequels, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), and returned as the director for Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and Resident Evil: Retribution (2012).
With five films released, the Resident Evil film series is the highest grossing film series to be based on video games of all time, having grossed US$915 million worldwide. It is set to continue with a sixth and final film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, written by Anderson.
The Umbrella Corporation acts as the main antagonist in the series, a bioengineering pharmaceutical company responsible for the zombie apocalypse as a result of creating the T-virus. The films follow protagonist Alice, an original character created for the films portrayed by Milla Jovovich, who was once a security operative working for Umbrella and became the enemy of the corporation.
Characters from the Resident Evil video games also appeared in the film series, including Jill Valentine, Carlos Olivera, Claire Redfield, Albert Wesker, Chris Redfield, Barry Burton, Leon S. Kennedy and Ada Wong.