Less than six months after the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, production company Constantin Film has announced an upcoming reboot of the popular franchise.
Despite its enormous box-office success, the series has deeply divided zombie fans since it debuted in 2002. While some enjoyed the action-oriented take provided by writer and director Paul W. S. Anderson, others were disappointed with the film adaptation of their favorite video game series. However, this recent announcement apparently pleased no one.
Almost immediately after Variety first reported the news, fans from both sides of the divide flocked to social media to express their disappointment and skepticism. Even promising details provided by Deadline couldn’t cure the franchise fatigue of some Resident Evil fans:
More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, and we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few.
Even if the reboot is a faithful adaptation of the classic video game series; are fans really ready to accept a brand new version of Resident Evil so soon? It’s well known that a script for the original film by director, and Zombie Research Society Advisory Board member, George A. Romero was rejected by Sony and Capcom, despite its obvious inspiration and respect for the source material. So the low expectations and mistrust are certainly justified.
Regardless, this upcoming reboot has been officially confirmed by Constantin Film chairman Martin Moszkowicz; director James Wan has been announced as producer, and Greg Russo is apparently scripting the first film. So zombie enthusiasts and Resident Evil fans have little recourse other than strapping themselves in, and simply hoping for the best!