Re-enter the survival horror.
While the Resident Evil video game series has always exhibited a certain degree of cheesiness, its horror aspects were usually still the front-and-center focus. The same could not be said for the Resident Evil movie franchise which, since its debut in 2002, has pretty much completely jumped the rails into the absurd. The Resident Evil movies, while certainly enjoyable shlock action films, aren’t especially scary, nor do they tie in particularly well with their source material. Well, as they say in the entertainment biz, when things get too wild, smack that reboot button.
The Resident Evil films will be receiving the reboot treatment, courtesy of Constantin Film. This new movie will be disregarding any canon established by the other films, instead opting to cover the events of the first two games, including the Spencer Mansion incident of Resident Evil and the Raccoon City Outbreak of Resident Evil 2.
The head writer for this new project, Johannes Roberts of 47 Meters Down, is really excited to bring the classic Resident Evil story to the big screen. “I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-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 feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences,” he said in an interview with Deadline.
The casting for the movie’s leads has already been decided, and there’s some well-known faces. In the role of STARS Operative and boulder-puncher, Chris Redfield, we have Robbie Amell. As his partner and the master of unlocking, Jill Valentine, we have Hannah John-Kamen. On the other side of the story, we have Avan Jogia as unlucky rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy, and Kaya Scodelario as professional meddler Claire Redfield.
No word yet on when to expect the film in theaters, but here’s hoping someone remembers to include the “Jill sandwich” line in the final script.