Jovovich in residence at ‘Evil’ sequel

Witt to make feature helming debut on pic

Milla Jovovich will star in the sequel to “Resident Evil” for Screen Gems and Constantin Film.

Jovovich will reprise her role as the heroine who must search for ways to contain a deadly viral outbreak while trying to escape the ruined Raccoon City with fellow survivors.

Alexander Witt will make his feature-directing debut with the production, which is slated to begin in August in Toronto. Witt was second unit director on “Daredevil,” “XXX,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Hannibal.”

Paul W. S. Anderson, who wrote and directed the first “Resident Evil,” wrote the sequel’s script and will produce with his Impact Pictures partner Jeremy Bolt as well as Constantin’s Bernd Eichinger and Davis Films’ Sam Hadida.

Constantin announced the sequel in the fall. (Daily Variety, Oct. 10)

Screen Gems senior VP of acquisitions Benedict Carver brought in the project and will oversee production for the studio.

Paradigm and manager Nikki Grosso represent Witt. ICM and Industry Entertainment represent Jovovich. ICM also reps Constantin subsidiary Impact.

Upcoming Screen Gems releases include Jane Campion’s “In the Cut,” starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh and “Underworld,” starring Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman.

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