The Resident Evil Movie Series Has a Reboot in the Works

The Resident Evil Movie Series Has a Reboot in the Works

Meet Claire, Chris, Leon, Jill, and Wesker all over again.

Ask yourself: do you have enough Resident Evil in your life? Well, the folks behind the franchise appear to think otherwise. This year Capcom gave us the Resident Evil 3 remake, 2021 will see the launch of Resident Evil Village, and on top of an animated film and new live-action series heading to Neftlix, we're also in for Resident Evil movie reboot.

As reported by Deadline, Constantin Film (the company behind the Paul W. S. Anderson movies and this new live-action Netflix show) has started work on a new movie that'll serve as a fresh start for the Resident Evil series. Written and Directed by Constantin's Johannes Roberts, it looks like the film's going for a "back to basics" approach built around a reimagining of the first two Resident Evil games.

Already, the reboot has six cast members set to portray some of Resident Evil's most recognizable characters:

  • Claire Redfield—Kaya Scodelario, Skins, The Maze Runner
  • Chris Redfield—Robbie Amell, The X-Files, Upload
  • Jill Valentine—Hannah John-Kamen, Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Leon S. Kennedy—Avan Jogia, Zombieland: Double Tap
  • Albert Wesker—Tom Hopper, The Umbrella Academy
  • William Birkin—Neal McDonough, Yellowstone, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

The reboot film will be set in Raccoon City in 1998, suggesting we'll be dealing with the initial T-Virus outbreak once again. While the time period will almost assuredly be used as fodder for a "retro" throwback here or there, it's worth remembering that even the original Resident Evil movie adaptation was made just four years later (goodness, time sure does fly by). According to producer Robert Kulzer, the Spenser Mansion will also be featured in the film.

With the success of Sonic the Hedgehog in recent memory, Illumination's Super Mario movie slated for 2022, and the Resident Evil franchise having already grossed over $1 billion at the box office, news of a reboot for the screen adaptations isn't all that surprising. Still, we've got a whole lot of Resident Evil to take in across games and film/TV in the near future, and you've got to wonder, how does Milla Jovovich feel about this? Well, she and Paul W. S. Anderson have Monster Hunter coming soon, so they're probably both fine.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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