'Damnation' is follow up to 'Degeneration'

Capcom and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan will co-produce 3D toon “Resident Evil: Damnation,” a sequel to 2008 CG toon “Resident Evil: Degeneration,” the partners announced on Tuesday.

Already in production, the toon is skedded for a 2012 release with Makoto Kamiya as helmer and effects supervisor.

Based on a popular Capcom “survivor horror” game series, the toon is part of a multiplatform franchise that has produced four live-action pics including Sony’s current U.S. and Japanese box office topper, “Resident Evil: Afterlife” (titled “Biohazard 4: Afterlife” in Japan), helmed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich.

“Resident Evil: Degeneration” opened in only three theaters in Japan in 2008 but went on to sell 1.6 million units for home viewing worldwide.

In the U.S., toon had a couple of genre fest screenings and went direct to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD.

Meanwhile, the latest edition of the original 1996 game, “Resident Evil 5,” has shipped 5.4 million units since its 2009 bow.

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