Even though Sony Screen Gems is moving ahead with a fourth Resident Evil movie, entitled Resident Evil: Afterlife (which is to be 3D, with the Avatar team handling the f/x), it appears that they're already preparing for a FIFTH movie. But instead of continuing on the story already established, Blood-Disgusting has exclusively confirmed that the studio is planning some sort of "quasi-reboot," just seven years after the franchise began.
The Resident Evil reboot has a tentative title of Resident Evil Begins (Christopher Nolan must be annoyed...), and is said to be about a special military unit who are sent in to fight a, "powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident." Sounds just about the same as the plot of the first film, minus the main character of Alice (Milla Jovovich).
This news comes as a bit of a surprise since we recently heard that Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth film in the franchise, would kick off a new trilogy. How can the fifth movie be a reboot and yet still be part of that trilogy? Is the term "reboot" being assigned too readily? And is it more along the lines of a sequel, just following a different set of people? It's hard to tell at this very early stage in the game, but nonetheless, it's a bit miffing.
Also, what will this mean for Resident Evil franchise star, Milla Jovovich? She's the zombie-killing hero of the franchise, and is synonymous with it in the mind of audiences. If the lack of mention of her character in the early plot description above is anything to go by, she won't be in the film. Will that be a mistake for the franchise money-wise, or will audiences go see a Resident Evil film whether Jovovich is in it or not?
The Resident Evil films are, as with all video game movies (so far), not technically "good," but at the same time they provide a sort of "switch your brain off" entertainment that is easy to consume and is somewhat rewatchable. I can't say I'm super excited to see more Resident Evil films - in 3D and/or as a reboot - but I'll probably end up seeing them nonetheless. That's what a devoted film fan does :)
What do you think of this news: Is it too soon to reboot the Resident Evil franchise? Should they just continue with the ongoing storyline?
Resident Evil Begins is just in the planning stages at the moment, while Resident Evil: Afterlife is scheduled to hits theaters on August 27th, 2010.