It hasn’t even been six months since the Resident Evil franchise ended and there is already a reboot in the works. It’s no secret that Hollywood studios have struggled to adapt video games into movies over the years, though not for a lack of trying. There have been several attempts to adapt all sorts of video games – Doom, Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed – into feature films, but many of them have run into issues, with planned franchises stumbling at the first hurdle.
That’s what makes the Resident Evil series, based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom,somewhat unique. Developed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the Resident Evil movie franchise persisted with multiple installments – giving audiences a definitive beginning and ending – despite the movies being chastised by critics. Anderson directed four of the six installments, which starred Milla Jovovich as Alice, a character created specifically for the films. Considering that the franchise has raked in over $1.233 billion at the worldwide box office, it’s no wonder there are already plans to reboot the series.
German production company Constantin Films produced the Resident Evil franchise from the outset, with each installment being distributed by Screen Gems. Although the last part, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, released just earlier this year, the studio’s chairman, Martin Moszkowicz, confirmed to Variety at Cannes 2017 that there are already plans to reboot the franchise. Since the reboot seems is still in the planning stages, details are being kept under wraps.
There’s no denying that the Resident Evil movies have been the most successful video game movie series to date, so it’s not all too surprising that Constantin Films would already be looking at continuing the franchise in one way or another. However, rebooting the films begs the question, what does that mean for the planned TV series? A live-action series was announced three years ago, with plans to premiere following the release of Anderson’s The Final Chapter (which released in January). Since we haven’t heard much about the project since its announcement, it doesn’t seem likely that it’s actually going to happen.
Although the franchise was successful at the box office, it garnered a hefty amount of criticism from video game fans who felt the series had strayed too far from the source material. Going through with a reboot would allow the studio to develop a proper adaptation, one that possibly would lean more towards horror than action. Capcom recently released Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which put the series back on track while also harking back to its early days of survival horror. If that’s the way they want to go, there is no better time than the present.