The Resident Evil films just wrapped up this January with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth film in the franchise. Based rather loosely on the Capcom videogame series of the same name, all six films starred Milla Jovovich as she took on zombies and the villainous Umbrella Corporation. The first Resident Evil film was released fifteen years ago in 2002, and until today, The Final Chapter was thought to be… well… the final chapter in the franchise.
Yet, like the zombies featured in the films, Resident Evil just won’t die. Variety reports that the German company that owns the rights to Resident Evil, Constantin Film, has announced they will be producing a reboot. Nothing is really known about the reboot at this juncture. There’s no word on writers, directors, actors, or how/if the film will fit into the narrative of the original six films.
If this is indeed a full-on reboot and not a “soft reboot,” it is safe to assume that not only is Milla Jovovich done as Alice, but Paul W.S. Anderson, director of four of the films and producer on all six, may be out as well. Seeing as how this is happening whether we like it or not, my hope is for a complete reboot that returns to the roots of the videogames and sticks closer to that narrative, rather than a soft reboot kept in the current cinematic world but with new faces. Why not just start with Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine in a isolated mansion?
Do you want this Resident Evil reboot? What would you like to see done (or not done) with the franchise?
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