The Resident Evil franchise has grossed $1.2 billion to date. And that’s the film franchise, not the games. With the series’ recent finale earlier this year, starring Milla Jovovich as always, the movie grossed $312 million worldwide. And there’s more to come, but don’t expect Jovovich to make an appearance or series writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson to return.
The Resident Evil film franchise is undergoing a reboot, according to a report from Variety. At Cannes Film Festival, chairman of the board at Constantin Film, a German production company who owns the rights to the franchise and produced the six films, Martin Moszkowicz confirmed the news to Variety. While a reboot is in the works, no writers, director, actors, or anything else has been locked down.
Resident Evil isn’t the only video game film adaptation getting a reboot. Tomb Raider, the previous film installments starring Angelina Jolie in the early 2000s, is in the process of reinventing itself with a new Lara in mind (Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander) and a new gritty tone (Crystal Dynamics’ own Tomb Raider reboot from 2013). The film is due for release in 2018.
For the Resident Evil reboot, with no production set in mind, it’ll likely be a lot longer until we see more zombies this time around. Will the franchise adopt a new horror vibe, akin to Resident Evil 7’s return to its roots? Only time will tell.