We’re getting all sorts of Resident Evil reboots here, since the reign of Paul W.S. Anderson misery ended. An animated series, which could be okay, a TV series for Netflix, which serves as a strange-sounding ‘off topic’ (?) prequel series.
And now perhaps the news many Resident Evil fans have been waiting for.
According to Heat Vision, Constantin Films (who still retain the rights, obviously) are looking to reboot the main film series with the first entry following the old PlayStation game. The words being used to describe their vision are ‘visceral’, ‘grounded’, ‘terrifying’
The story is set on in a fateful night in Raccoon City in 1998; the fictional Midwestern town is known in Evil lore as the center of a virus outbreak that destroys it and forever changes the country. The two main characters are supposedly Claire Redfield and Chris Redfield, played by Kaya Scoledario and Robbie Amell. Amell looks ridiculously like the old Chris Redfield.
Johannes Roberts will both write and direct.
“With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time, telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feel both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences, said Roberts in a statement.
Well, so far, exactly what we’d want to hear from the director of such a film. And not, for example, Milla Jovovich’s scorn for the reboot (hilariously, Jovovich hinted that the reboot would probably upset core fans) and the games themselves.
“They’ve announced a reboot? Okay, well good luck with that. I think a lot of people with these franchises kind of put the cart before the horse. There’s a danger to that. They’ve been wanting to reboot Resident Evil for a long time, and listen: I love the Resident Evil world. I think it’s a great property, I would do it if I was a producer. I think what made Resident Evil so special is that the people involved really loved what they’re doing and really were fans of the game.”
“I would suggest that you find people that have that same passion for the property before you talk about reboots. I think if you get into this kind of genre, people are very sensitive to fakes. There’s some real fans in the sci-fi/action/horror world, and they’re not idiots. They can smell when something is done because people love it and when something is done just to monetize an opportunity.”
The lack of self awareness is incredible, and I don’t rate Jovovich’s wit high enough for this to be sarcasm.