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I distinctively remember Anderson saying that when he approached Constantin they told him they had no money for the script and he did it for free. And I also remember that Fangoria article (which said Anderson had played both RE1 and RE2 nonstop after finishing SOLDIER) got disproven sometime later, which was a bit of a shock since, to me, Fangoria was like the Holy Bible back then.

That I would have to see the source. Because I've seen interviews in the past where Anderson has told the same story. I'm very interested in seeing anything that contradicts what has been said. Especially since Anderson has claimed he wrote The Undead because he couldn't get the rights, and two different sources connected to the movie for my documentary had similar statements. A lot was going on behind the scenes of that film. So, any evidence you got would benefit my project greatly.
 

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I think I only have that Fangoria article...I am trying to find where I read that most of it was false...
 

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About Anderson taking some parts from previous scripts for his; It could be true. Maybe he didn't do it on his own decision but because somebody else liked those parts and asked to keep/add them in some way in the script they would went with eventually, it wouldn't be first time that some producers of whoever pick bits and pieces of what they like in early scripts and keep in the final product. Like for example, any of you seen I Am Legend (2007)? That part in the middle where Neville gets trapped and then he and his dog fight with monster dogs was pretty much only thing which was left unchanged in almost each version of the script all the way back from 1996 when first script was written. And in between it went through few different writers and over dozens of different scripts.

If i'm not mistaken, McElroy has "Story by" credit in 2002 RE film (but not anywhere else). It can get complicated when deciding how much credit writers deserve and do they need to have their names attached, but to have a Story By credit on the film could mean that there's lot more of the work from original writer(s) in the final film than what may seems.

Anderson's Undead script; Like you guys, i read and heard various info about this one. Wish i could help you with more info, but there's not much i can add which is not already known, i did heard how it was pretty much like the 2002 film but with some changes (obviously), but it's not like that's something which anyone couldn't figure out themselves. Supposedly original script and each RE draft Anderson did had different endings, which could explain why only one of his drafts we do have has very different ending than the film (and parts of which seems like he re-used for a scene in fifth film), and why film had two endings filmed.

One thing i do think is interesting is how Anderson's earlier drafts only had zombies and Licker, since that rumored "Evil Dead meets RE" script Bran was talking about was said to only have zombies and Tyrant. Makes me wonder did Undead also had some non-zombie monster in finale.

And here's that article i read where possible reason for McElroy's script not being used was mentioned;


July 29, 1998

"George is currently at work on the new screenplay for RESIDENT EVIL, which he has contractually agreed to make through its licensee, Constantin Films (a German production company which released DAWN OF THE DEAD in that country). The original screenplay, by SPAWN writer Alan McElroy, has been canned due to terrible story structure."
 

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About Anderson taking some parts from previous scripts for his; It could be true. Maybe he didn't do it on his own decision but because somebody else liked those parts and asked to keep/add them in some way in the script they would went with eventually, it wouldn't be first time that some producers of whoever pick bits and pieces of what they like in early scripts and keep in the final product. Like for example, any of you seen I Am Legend (2007)? That part in the middle where Neville gets trapped and then he and his dog fight with monster dogs was pretty much only thing which was left unchanged in almost each version of the script all the way back from 1996 when first script was written. And in between it went through few different writers and over dozens of different scripts.

If i'm not mistaken, McElroy has "Story by" credit in 2002 RE film (but not anywhere else). It can get complicated when deciding how much credit writers deserve and do they need to have their names attached, but to have a Story By credit on the film could mean that there's lot more of the work from original writer(s) in the final film than what may seems.

Anderson's Undead script; Like you guys, i read and heard various info about this one. Wish i could help you with more info, but there's not much i can add which is not already known, i did heard how it was pretty much like the 2002 film but with some changes (obviously), but it's not like that's something which anyone couldn't figure out themselves. Supposedly original script and each RE draft Anderson did had different endings, which could explain why only one of his drafts we do have has very different ending than the film (and parts of which seems like he re-used for a scene in fifth film), and why film had two endings filmed.

One thing i do think is interesting is how Anderson's earlier drafts only had zombies and Licker, since that rumored "Evil Dead meets RE" script Bran was talking about was said to only have zombies and Tyrant. Makes me wonder did Undead also had some non-zombie monster in finale.

And here's that article i read where possible reason for McElroy's script not being used was mentioned;


July 29, 1998

"George is currently at work on the new screenplay for RESIDENT EVIL, which he has contractually agreed to make through its licensee, Constantin Films (a German production company which released DAWN OF THE DEAD in that country). The original screenplay, by SPAWN writer Alan McElroy, has been canned due to terrible story structure."
I'm not sure if that Evil Dead meets RE script is even real. The only mention of it was about 21 years ago on Dark Horizons. Back then, they had problems validating some of the sources. I can still remember their article on a Metal Gear Solid movie which was false. Since then, the site owner has become a huge website for news and can easily verify sources.

Eichinger did want certain things in the movie. That's all I can say right now.

I'll know more in a few weeks. I can probably even do a mini review here of the McElroy draft, and verify some of that PSX article that supposedly had seen the script.
 

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I'm not sure if that Evil Dead meets RE script is even real. The only mention of it was about 21 years ago on Dark Horizons. Back then, they had problems validating some of the sources. I can still remember their article on a Metal Gear Solid movie which was false. Since then, the site owner has become a huge website for news and can easily verify sources.

Eichinger did want certain things in the movie. That's all I can say right now.

I'll know more in a few weeks. I can probably even do a mini review here of the McElroy draft, and verify some of that PSX article that supposedly had seen the script.
Please, do the McElroy's script review!
 

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Please, do the McElroy's script review!
I'll do what I can. I probably won't spoil everything, considering I want to include it in my documentary. But I can write enough to maybe put some lingering questions at ease.
 

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Two weeks away!

I did confirm that I can take photos, so I'll be sure to upload a few here of my time researching. I'll get some script covers.
 

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Okay, so, seems I was wrong about McElroy only writing the one draft. We just uncovered more information, including the date of another draft. I'll wait until we confirm to talk more about it. But we did have a quote from Romero mentioning they did two scripts or so before he was hired. So, it seems we are getting evidence that McElroy did a draft between the May 1997 draft and Romero being hired.

More to come.
 

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I'm sure you have all the available sources for September 1997 Fangoria and Starlog articles where McElroy talks about RE, but in case if you didn't have this one from later that year;


December 19, 1997

"Constantin Films of Germany acquired the rights to Resident Evil for development into a feature film earlier this year. Screenwriter Alan McElroy, most recently known for his work on the movie Spawn, has nearly finished writing the screenplay that closely follows the storyline of the game."

Maybe he was writing his final draft around that time. Yes that one draft did leaked out few months later, but maybe whoever leaked it to PSM only got the draft later, or was just sitting on it for some time.

Also Bran, if it's possible (and if it's real), whenever you get to talk about it in any future messages or your documentary, don't forget to mention draft info of McElroy's script(s). Meaning of course, is it listed as just another draft or is it a revision, re-write, polish, etc... Might help figuring something out about it when the time comes. And thanks for keeping us updated as always!


Note; This is another Ain't It Cool News article from 1998 where McElroy's script was mentioned, but this one is from June, and by that point Romero was already involved in the project, and like it was mentioned in July 1998 article i included before, McElroy's script was rejected pretty soon after that. It's not really very informative article, but it's still interesting read since they mention early version of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider written by Brent Friedman (who also worked on remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3) which was in development at the same time. And it did made me laugh how they refer to Tomb Raider as "PG-13 wannabe porno", because i read Friedman's script few years ago and it really wasn't that bad. On the other hand, most of the scripts which were written after his... Let's just say i wasn't a big fan of 2001 film, but reading some of those scripts did made me appreciate it some more, compared to what it could have been;

 

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At the Archive.
Read McElroy draft... it sucks. 114 page script. They get to the Umbrella Labs at page 46? 50? (No mansion). Dialogue was atrocious.
 

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Few years ago i was talking with some buddies about this script and jokingly said something about those comments from PSM review about bad dialogue, i think it was something like what are the chances of McElroy using the same notorious dialogue from the game. Please don't tell me he actually did that...

And wait, no mansion? What, is there just like a lab/medical facility in the middle of Arklay forest? If what was said in PSM review about mansion true, and if there were more drafts, maybe he re-wrote the script and added the mansion. Anyway, i'll trust your words Bran. But it still puzzles me how could McElroy mess up this one so bad, comparing some of the films he wrote (not all) with his original scripts i can tell you he is a good writer who knows how to create pretty good action/horror set pieces and for the most part writes decent dialogue/character bits, but then again, some parts of his RE script did sounded... curious... questionable...? Wesker in asylum and turning into Tyrant, not mentioning STARS and Umbrella, obligatory Jill shower scene...
 

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Few years ago i was talking with some buddies about this script and jokingly said something about those comments from PSM review about bad dialogue, i think it was something like what are the chances of McElroy using the same notorious dialogue from the game. Please don't tell me he actually did that...

And wait, no mansion? What, is there just like a lab/medical facility in the middle of Arklay forest? If what was said in PSM review about mansion true, and if there were more drafts, maybe he re-wrote the script and added the mansion. Anyway, i'll trust your words Bran. But it still puzzles me how could McElroy mess up this one so bad, comparing some of the films he wrote (not all) with his original scripts i can tell you he is a good writer who knows how to create pretty good action/horror set pieces and for the most part writes decent dialogue/character bits, but then again, some parts of his RE script did sounded... curious... questionable...? Wesker in asylum and turning into Tyrant, not mentioning STARS and Umbrella, obligatory Jill shower scene...
No game dialogue... its just really, really bad dialogue. Forced, boring, cliche. It makes the Romero script feel like The Godfather.

No mansion. Just a laboratory built into a mountain.

No zombies either. T-Virus allows people and animals to regenerate wounds, mutate.

Dogs are giant dogs (one eats the choppers propeller). Giant spider. People turn into crazy-talking cannibals.

Wesker is attacked by 4 cannibal scientists and injected with the T-virus. Earlier, Barry was attacked. At the end, a mutated Barry fights a mutated Wesker (who is now the Tyrant).

Even though I was so excited, after about 70 pages, I just started skimming... that's how bad it was.

Not worth the 24 years of hype. Didn't feel like Resident Evil. Glad they passed on it.
 

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Well, guess it now makes sense why was it rejected for "terrible story structure", doesn't it. ****, now i can't imagine what his Doom script was like.

I mean, giant dogs and crazy talking cannibals alone sound like something out of left field, even for adaptation of the first game. But interesting bit about lab built inside the mountain, because i'm sure at least one of the games had something like that.

I'l still try to search for any later drafts, and keep asking my fellow script collectors for any help. I imagine that there could have been some studio or producers notes (maybe even from Capcom) for McElroy to include while working on later drafts. I asked Mike and Jay from WeWatchedAMovie to ask McElroy about his script and does he still have it next time they talk to him. Needless to say they were already excited when they realized how he wrote first Resident Evil script, but after they interviewed him for the first time.

I can't thank you enough for helping us with this and letting us know about it Bran, and i'm glad your efforts more than paid off, at least for now, even though the McElroy script was disappointment for you. I know just how you feel, there were quite a few times when i found some script i was dying to read for long time, only for it to turn out to be not as great as i was hoping.

Just got couple more questions about McElroy's script and that's it, however if for some reason you can't reveal more about it for spoilers reasons regarding your documentary or something else, you don't need to reply. Just let us know when it's done ;)


1. Based on the research you did years ago about rumored Kevin Williamson script and probably fake "Evil Dead" script, and what you said about those possibly getting mixed with McElroy's, are there some similarities between what we know about those and McElroy's script?


2. Since these were already mentioned to be in the script, can you give us some clarification/details about these scenes;

SWAT team, campers and rangers getting killed in beginning.

Government recruiting Wesker in asylum, Wesker recruiting rest of the team.

The whole Brad/Mike plot twist (and let me guess, Becky is Rebecca).

Dog attack in forest (if you tell me this is some Rampage level ****, i'm out).

Sneaking through room full of zombies (Army Of The Dead, anyone...?)

Team cornered between spider and zombies without ammo.

Battle in elevator vs hornets.

Plot reveal about actual evil plan to infect entire team (if monsters are already out there, then what's the point).

Jill and Chris battle Wesker-Tyrant and defeat him (i'd be surprised if McElroy kept the rocket launcher ending)

Jill's shower scene (please don't tell me she actually takes a shower inside the labs, that's some P.W Anderson level of BS).
 
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Well, guess it now makes sense why was it rejected for "terrible story structure", doesn't it. ****, now i can't imagine what his Doom script was like.

I mean, giant dogs and crazy talking cannibals alone sound like something out of left field, even for adaptation of the first game. But interesting bit about lab built inside the mountain, because i'm sure at least one of the games had something like that.

I'l still try to search for any later drafts, and keep asking my fellow script collectors for any help. I imagine that there could have been some studio or producers notes (maybe even from Capcom) for McElroy to include while working on later drafts. I asked Mike and Jay from WeWatchedAMovie to ask McElroy about his script and does he still have it next time they talk to him. Needless to say they were already excited when they realized how he wrote first Resident Evil script, but after they interviewed him for the first time.

I can't thank you enough for helping us with this and letting us know about it Bran, and i'm glad your efforts more than paid off, at least for now, even though the McElroy script was disappointment for you. I know just how you feel, there were quite a few times when i found some script i was dying to read for long time, only for it to turn out to be not as great as i was hoping.

Just got couple more questions about McElroy's script and that's it, however if for some reason you can't reveal more about it for spoilers reasons regarding your documentary or something else, you don't need to reply. Just let us know when it's done ;)


1. Based on the research you did years ago about rumored Kevin Williamson script and probably fake "Evil Dead" script, and what you said about those possibly getting mixed with McElroy's, are there some similarities between what we know about those and McElroy's script?


2. Since these were already mentioned to be in the script, can you give us some clarification/details about these scenes;

SWAT team, campers and rangers getting killed in beginning.

Government recruiting Wesker in asylum, Wesker recruiting rest of the team.

The whole Brad/Mike plot twist (and let me guess, Becky is Rebecca).

Dog attack in forest (if you tell me this is some Rampage level ****, i'm out).

Sneaking through room full of zombies (Army Of The Dead, anyone...?)

Team cornered between spider and zombies without ammo.

Battle in elevator vs hornets.

Plot reveal about actual evil plan to infect entire team (if monsters are already out there, then what's the point).

Jill and Chris battle Wesker-Tyrant and defeat him (i'd be surprised if McElroy kept the rocket launcher ending)

Jill's shower scene (please don't tell me she actually takes a shower inside the labs, that's some P.W Anderson level of BS).
1. There is no Kevin Williamson script. Just a rumor. We followed up with all writers, and even contacted Jamie Blanks. There was a pair of writers that had a meeting, but nothing was ever officially written. After Romero was fired, Constantin sought out Anderson immediately because they were interested in working with him for a couple years.

2. I can write up a quick plot synopsis and cover all these details in a bit. Got some errands to run, so after that.

Some of the details and scenes are similar. But also, a lot of errors. Could be a mix of truth and bull****, or errors on the insider, or changes in the draft. Not sure. I'd have to see the revised draft that PSM saw in order to compare.

I've read a lot of bad scripts in my life. Even read a lot of bad fan scripts. This was the first script that I was really excited for that I couldn't stomach to finish. After page 70 or 80 I checked out. Mostly skimmed after that, but did read the last few pages again.
 

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1. There is no Kevin Williamson script. Just a rumor. We followed up with all writers, and even contacted Jamie Blanks. There was a pair of writers that had a meeting, but nothing was ever officially written. After Romero was fired, Constantin sought out Anderson immediately because they were interested in working with him for a couple years.
YES! THANK YOU! FINALLY! We can put that rumor to rest! That old plot description from knightofthecreeps site was probably another fake rumor, like that Dark Horizons "Evil Dead" script. I think Blanks talked about his involvement for the first time on Pizowell's podcast last year. I probably mentioned it before here, but just in case to anyone interested reading this, Cormac and Marianne Wibberley were ones who were gonna write the script, but i think Blanks said something about how their agent didn't want them doing it for free. Fun fact, they wrote one of many rejected scripts for Uncharted adaptation in 2012. Don't know anything about it, but buddy of mine who read their script said how it was O.K.
 

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Hey Bran, any news about your project and the McElroy script? The "Welcome To Raccoon City" trailer has renewed my interest in the RE movies that never were.
 

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Hey Bran, any news about your project and the McElroy script? The "Welcome To Raccoon City" trailer has renewed my interest in the RE movies that never were.
The company that picked it up just finished their current project. We will be resuming meetings and entering preproduction soon.

What about the McElroy script would you like to know?
 

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The company that picked it up just finished their current project. We will be resuming meetings and entering preproduction soon.

What about the McElroy script would you like to know?
Cool.

Well, since I cannot read it myself, I'd like to know the main beats\ideas, if possible.
 

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Cool.

Well, since I cannot read it myself, I'd like to know the main beats\ideas, if possible.

It'll take some time to type up. Honestly, I was so disappointed by it, that it's really a labor to type up. It makes the Anderson films feel like game accurate adaptations.

No zombies... just crazy cannibals.
Wesker is the Tyrant.
The dogs are giant mutated dogs.

All the characters are assholes and have really ****ty back stories. Almost felt like a slap in the face... like a Uwe Boll House of the Dead type or Alone in the Dark type adaptation... maybe even some of bargin bin stuff, like Dead or Alive or King of Fighters bad.

I'll type up what I can when I wake up. Just worked 12 hours. Need rest.
 
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