A new Resident Evil film is in the works from 47 Meters Down director Johannes Roberts.
Roberts confirmed the film was in the works to ScreenRant. He told them:
“We are in active development of that at the moment. I pitched them a take, and they really loved it. So, we are just gearing up on that as we speak, really. I’m in the office all the time there. So, yeah, it’s great. It’s gonna be super scary. It’s super, super scary. And it’s just getting back to the roots of the game. I think, at the moment, I’m not really allowed to say much more than that. But it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
The news comes off the recent success of the Resident Evil video game franchise. Resident Evil 2 was recently remade by Capcom and released for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One in January of this year. The game reportedly sold 4.5 million copies by June 2019. The original Resident Evil 2 that released in January of 1998 has sold 4.96 million copies.
The Resident Evil movie franchise consists of six films all starring Milla Jovovich as Alice and written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. The films have grossed collectively $1.2 billion worldwide. The most recent film, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter earned $26 million at the domestic box office and a worldwide total of $312.2 million. It was the worst performing Resident Evil film domestically. However, it is the most successful Resident Evil based on unadjusted worldwide totals.
Resident Evil was originally a PlayStation game created by Capcom in 1996. The game starred Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, who were members of the Raccoon City police unit called S.T.A.R.S., which stands for Special Tactics And Rescue Service. After the disappearance of Bravo squad, Alpha Team, which includes Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, are sent in to investigate a series of grisly murders. During their investigation, they end up trapped in a mansion overrun by zombies and monsters. Those zombies and monsters are the result of experimentation by the Umbrella Corporation, who have released the highly contagious T-virus.
A remastered HD version of the original Resident Evil was released in 2015.
The game is credited for creating the survivor horror genre and reviving the zombie genre in both film and video games.
Capcom recently announced Resident Evil 7 back in June at E3. (Related: Fear Comes Home as Capcom Announces Resident Evil 7)
There was also a report that Netflix was looking to adapt Resident Evil for TV and it would “explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus.” (Related: Report: Netflix to Adapt Resident Evil for TV)
Are you looking forward to a new Resident Evil film that will lean into the game’s horror roots?