Resident Evil producer says he wants the upcoming live-action reboot to be more action-packed than previous movies. It’s no secret that Hollywood has struggled with adapting video games onto the big screen over the years, with Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil film series being the only one that has produced consecutively successful installments. It’s undoubtedly the most successful video game movie series to have ever graced the silver screen, and Constantin Films wants to continue that streak.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hit theaters earlier this year, and not four months later, Constantin Films already announced plans to reboot the franchise with James Wan (Conjuring, Aquaman) producing and Greg Russo penning the screenplay. Wan made a name for himself as a modern master of horror, creating and fleshing out horror franchises such as Saw, Conjuring, and Insidious, among other smaller projects. Having him on board gave fans hope that the upcoming reboot would be more horror-focused than the previous films were. Unfortunately, that’s doesn’t seem to be the case.
Japanese video game and anime producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi has been working on the Resident Evil game franchise since its inception, even producing two full-fledged animated adaptations: Resident Evil: Degeneration and Resident Evil: Damnation. His third animated film, Resident Evil: Vendetta, releases this month, and he recently spoke to Collider about the film as well as the franchise as a whole. Although they are still in the planning stages, Kobayashi says that he wants the upcoming live-action reboot to remain action-focused.
“I personally like Paul W.S. Anderson’s [direction] on the live-action [films]. Stuff like that, I would like to see more action.”
The Resident Evil movies were unquestionably successful at the worldwide box office – despite continuously raking in less and less money domestically – though they weren’t exactly critical victories for video game movies, nor did they break the colloquial video game movie curse that has plagued the industry. If the studio actually wants to move forward with a reboot at this stage, it may be in their best interest to provide audiences with something different than what Screen Gems and Anderson gave moviegoers with their Resident Evil films.
In regard to tone, people have hoped that the reboot would fall in line with the recently released Resident Evil VII: BioHazard, leaning more towards horror than action. After all, Resident Evil is, at its core, a survival horror franchise. Granted, these comments come from only one of the franchise’s producers, therefore the end result might yield something closer to the video games the films are based on instead of another action-packed adaptation. We’ll just have to wait and see what they come up with.