Last year, Constantin Film chairman Martin Moszkowicz had confirmed a reboot of the Resident Evil film series. While details have been pretty scarce, screenwriter Greg Russo has finally shed some light on the upcoming movie.
In a recent interview with DiscussingFilm, he mentioned that the screenwriting progress has been “good” so far and that the producers are happy with his draft. He had worked on the draft for about a year before producer James Wan stepped in.
“Obviously I’m a huge fan of the franchise so to work on that was a lot of fun. And they’ve made six films before so when you come back to that and reboot it, you wanna do something different and not just rehash,” Russo said.
For me it was very clear-cut that I wanted to go back and make it scary again like a horror film in terms of the classic James Wan style so that was the pitch, going back and looking what made the games scary in the first place, so yeah, Resident Evil 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft.”
The scriptwriter went on to continue that as a fan of the original games, he had always seen the Resident Evil series as “horror at the forefront and action as a secondary feature.” If things push through, we’ll also see this Resident Evil reboot go back to the series roots.
The first Resident Evil film had launched over a decade ago back in 2002, starring actress Milla Jovovich (who’s going to be in the live action Monster Hunter movie) as a woman named Alice who took on the Umbrella Corporation. The series has spawned over six films that ended back in 2016.