Rumor control: Resident Evil IV pushed back to 2011?

Is Resident Evil: Afterlife, the upcoming fourth installment in the game-inspired horror action franchise, being pushed back to 2011?

That was the report on ShockTillYouDrop, which said Screen Gems was pushing the movie to Jan. 14, 2011.

Originally, the movie was to be released on August 27, 2010, but everyone involved probably realized it would take a lot longer for the post-production 3D processing work, so they've given [director Paul W.S.] Anderson a few more months to finish the movie and have moved the manga-based vampire thriller Priest, starring Paul Bettany, up to fill that open Aug. 27 slot.

What's interesting about this move is that it puts "Resident Evil" right up against the Joss Whedon-produced and co-written MGM horror movie The Cabin in the Woods, which itself was moved back almost a year in order to turn it into a 3D movie. One figures that in 2011 there will be a lot more theaters capable of screening in digital 3D than there is now, but one has to assume "Cabin" will move again, because there might not be enough for two horror movies to share them.

But star Milla Jovovich said the decision hasn't been made yet, according to her official Twitter feed:

We r trying as hard as we can to still meet the summer deadline though, so for the moment its still on for Aug. RE Afterlife IS NOT officially pushed.There have been talks of pushing it as they r not sure they can have it ready by july.

Stay tuned!

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