The Resident Evil film series has been plotting to hit the reset button for a while now. Now that the upcoming remake has landed its writer and director who hopes to bring the “scary” back to the franchise, it looks like it’ll be sooner rather than later.
Variety first had the story on who will be helming the Resident Evil remake: Johannes Roberts. He has directed plenty of horror, including The Strangers: Prey at Night and the surprising hit 47 Meters Down – which is also getting a sequel soon.
Variety writes that Roberts will be writing and directing – Greg Russo was originally attached as the screenwriter, but he stated in a recent interview with Discussing Film that his time on the project was complete. It is unclear whether they will be utilizing elements of Russo’s treatment or if Roberts will be starting from scratch. James Wan (who is seemingly everywhere these days) is also attached to the project as a producer.
The Resident Evil film franchise began back in 2002, and includes six films. The most recent was Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which released in 2016. Those films were helmed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starred Milla Jovovich as Alice.
Anderson is not attached to the new project, which could signal that the attempt to steer the franchise back to horror (rather than over-the-top action) is more than just lip service. The Resident Evil video game series also recently reinvented itself, returning the setting to (mostly) a dilapidated house and reigniting fan interest in a series that had been on the decline.
Maybe Wan and Roberts can bring some of the intensity and close-quarters fear they are known for to their reboot of Resident Evil.