Despite the quality of the Resident Evil film franchise, those movies consistently made money for Sony Screen Gems and a reboot has been in the works for a while. It was reported that James Wan (The Conjuring, Swamp Thing, Aquaman, Mortal Kombat) would be coming on board to produce but there hasn’t been much in the way of updates recently.
DiscussingFilm was able to interview the film’s screenwriter Greg Russo about the project which he says will be influenced by Resident Evil 7, the seventh game in the Capcom horror video game franchise. This would suggest they’ll be taking the films back to the horror roots from the games, rather than making it an action franchise that doesn’t exactly mimic the game’s tone at all.
“It’s good. I worked on the reboot for about a year and then Producer James Wan came in, my involvement on that project has kind of concluded, so I’m not sure what they’ll really do with it, I submitted my draft to the producers and they were happy with it and ultimately they’ll do what they will with the property but I’m currently not involved with that film.”
“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. 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 yea Resident Evil 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft.”
“Yeah, exactly, and not to shame the original film franchise that was made, I think that did very well, when you create a fresh reboot and look at the over the top action of the Paul Anderson franchise, it was fun and really cool but at the end of the day, for me as a fan of the original game franchise, I always considered the franchise to be horror at the forefront and action as a secondary feature. So it just made sense to go back to the horror roots.”
It sounds like the project is in the hands of the producers and could lead to other writers getting involved adding their own spin with rewrites. When and if the new Resident Evil movie goes into production remains to be seen.
In the meantime, James Wan is plenty busy with his Swamp Thing series for DC Universe currently filming in North Carolina alongside Annabelle 3 expected to begin soon in California, the latter is part his Conjuring Universe at New Line Cinema. James is also producing The Conjuring 3 and Warner Bros. attempt to reboot the Mortal Kombat franchise as well.
SOURCE: DISCUSSING FILM