Anderson grew up playing “Space Invaders” in his local British arcade. Today, his “Mortal Kombat,” “Resident Evil” and “Alien vs. Predator” pics have collectively grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide.
“I approach each movie as a new entry within the world of the videogame,” he confides. “As a filmmaker, you ignore the fans at your own peril. But it’s also important to court nonfans, because you can’t make a hit franchise with just gamers. You have to build a broader audience.”
Anderson is rewriting the script for “Castlevania,” which he is also producing for director Sylvain White. Meanwhile, a bigscreen version of “Spy Hunter” has taken a backseat while Anderson finishes post-production on “Death Race.”
“I don’t feel pigeonholed, because it hasn’t stopped me from making other movies,” he says.