The long-running Resident Evil film series may have wrapped a couple years ago (unless talks of a reboot are to be believed), but the story behind-the-scenes is far from finished. Last week, a stuntwoman who lost her arm during a horrific accident on set filed a lawsuit against the film's producers, claiming she hasn't received adequate compensation for her life-changing injuries.
USA Today reports Olivia Jackson, stunt double for series' star Milla Jovovich, was filming a scene for 2017's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in South Africa. Jackson's motorcycle crashed into a film camera rig that had not been raised in time, resulting in the amputation of her left arm. The lawsuit also states that Jackson "had to be placed into a coma while doctors performed life-saving surgery," but the film's production company, Impact Pictures, and producers, Jeremy Bolt and Paul W.S. Anderson (who also co-wrote and directed the film series), have not adequately compensated her for the life-altering accident.
Jackson's lawyers estimate that the medical costs for past and future surgeries will cost between $750,000 and $1 million, but that the producers didn't arrange for proper insurance coverage during film, so only around $33,000 was made available to the stuntwoman. The lawsuit also notes that Jackson only received "a paltry $992" for salary lost, even though the accident effectively cost Jackson her livelihood.
Spanning six films with a collective box office of $1.2 billion, Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil films were loosely based on the legendary Capcom video game series. A more faithful reboot was announced less than a year after 2017's The Final Chapter. Johannes Roberts is attached to direct, although the new movie has no release date or cast as of yet.