Paul W.S. Anderson gained a fair bit of notoriety in his native England when he directed the ultra-violent Шоппинг (1994) (which he also wrote), starring Jude Law and Sean Pertwee in a story about thieves who steal by ramming a car into storefronts. The film was banned in some cinemas in England, and became a direct-to-video slightly edited release in the United States. Шоппинг (1994) allowed Anderson to get the chance to direct Смертельная битва (1995), an adaptation of the hit video game, which showcased his directorial trademarks – visually stunning scenery and quick-cut editing. The film did well enough for him to choose his next project, which was Солдат (1998) with Warner Bros., with Kurt Russell in the lead. Unfortunately, Russell decided at the time to go on hiatus, pushing the release date of that film into 1998. In the meantime, Anderson directed Сквозь Горизонт (1997) from a script by Philip Eisner, which featured Anderson regulars Sean Pertwee and Jason Isaacs. The science fiction/horror film, a Gothic horror version of Солярис (1972), was stylish and scary, but was critically panned and did not do well in the box office, which Anderson blamed on studio-enforced cuts to the story. (Anderson has promised a Director’s Cut, though none has been announced as of yet). Солдат (1998) didn’t fare well with critics and box office either, and Anderson’s planned 2000 remake of Смертельные гонки 2000 года (1975) was canceled. This forced him to think smaller, which led to Взгляд (2000), a supernatural mystery movie that was a minor hit. He then resurfaced to direct another video game adaption, Обитель зла (2002). Long rumored among fans to be a choice comeback vehicle for zombie grandfather George A. Romero, the writing and directing credits eventually transferred to Anderson. He next was given the helm for the long-awaited film adaption of the popular Dark Horse comic book, Чужой против Хищника (2004).