With films like "Avatar," 3-D brings us into a fresh new world and immerses us fully in its beauty. But another exciting facet of the revolution is how it gives us a new way to look at things we've seen so many times before.

These days, filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson is hard at work using three dimensions to inject new life into his video game/zombie hybrid franchise "Resident Evil." Using the same process as James Cameron, he'll unveil "Resident Evil: Afterlife" in September, and we caught up with him recently to get the latest scoop on the film starring Milla Jovovich, Wentworth Miller, Ali Larter and a whole lot of blood.

MTV: In 2002, your "Resident Evil" became a zombie classic and quite possibly the best video game movie ever made. Then you chose to write and produce 2004's "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" and 2007's "Resident Evil: Extinction." Why did you feel that now was the time to return as director?

Paul W.S. Anderson: Well, "Resident Evil" is a franchise I'm hugely excited about and always have been. I regretted not directing the other ones; I always wanted to, but I had scheduling conflicts. This time around, I thought, "You know what? I miss directing 'Resident Evil,' I want to direct another movie, and I'm going to." So I made it happen.

MTV: What did you see as the biggest challenge this time around?

Anderson: Well, it's the fourth film, so what are you going to do that's fresh? How are you going to invigorate the franchise? How are you going to keep it alive? How are you going to keep the audience you already have and make that audience grow and reach out to new people? My intention was to make this like "T2" was to "The Terminator." It's the same franchise, but it's bigger and it's improved and it's making a large conceptual leap.

MTV: And 3-D is a big part of this leap?

Anderson: Absolutely, in terms of me coming back as a director, 3-D was a big part of that. "Avatar" was a big influence on us ... I can't tell you how beautiful the images look. The difference is "Avatar" is predominantly a 60 percent animated movie, and all I have is CG. But I can't tell you how beautiful this camera system makes movies look in 3-D, and how much depth you get. We have a whole fight scene with Milla and Ali in the rain with this character called the Executioner, which is this huge giant guy carrying this big ax. It's all in an indoor environment, but it's raining. The depth you get with the water and the rain is just fantastic — the images are just beautiful. The scene is beautiful and it's horrifying, it's action-packed. As a filmmaker, it's incredibly exciting.

MTV: You've worked with your lovely wife Milla on all these films, but this is the first "Resident Evil" you've shot since she gave birth to your daughter. Now that she's a mom, was Milla less eager to do some of the more hard-core stunts?

Anderson: No, it was the other way around, in fact. I have to keep her away from dangerous things on the movie set, because she'll do absolutely anything and wants to do everything. There'll be times when I say, "Look, you just cannot do this."

MTV: Over the course of these movies, she's done some pretty insane stuff.

Anderson: There's no stopping her. She is fearless, and she is very committed. That's the great thing about Milla — she really commits to what she does, and that's why I think she is so good in these movies; she sells the reality of it. She's there, 150 percent. She believes in the characters, she's committed to the films and she wants to really deliver for the audience.

MTV: It must help you save a few bucks on stunt women.

Anderson: Well, she knows she can do it, and when you see her face doing it she delivers. She does it better than any stunt woman, that's for sure. All the stunt women we work with are great, and sometimes you do have to use stunt women because things are so dangerous that you would never want to put your leading actress in that position. You'd be irresponsible to do it. So yes, we have stunt women, but they mostly just sit around and watch Milla do it. She's an amazing, versatile actress.

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Do not adjust your glasses! It's 3-D week at MTV News. All week long, we're looking at the biggest and boldest upcoming movies set to reach out and grab you with the wonders of 3-D technology. We've got exclusive sneak peeks at "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "Tron Legacy," "Clash of the Titans" and many more.

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