Resident Evil reboot

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There was no previous thread for this subject. Ever since May last year, it's been known that James Wan will produce a script by Greg Russo that will serve as a complete reboot of the Resident Evil film series.

https://deadline.com/2017/05/reside...mes-wan-produce-greg-russo-script-1202100081/

Thoughts on this? As someone who didn't like the movies at all, even for their "beloved" cheesiness, I see this as a chance to make a proper adaption of the first game. With Chris and Jill serving as protagonists discovering the secrets of the Spencer Mansion...
 

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There was once a rumour of a Netflix series instead of a reboot movie franchise. I feel that if Netflix got their hands on it given the high standard of their own shoes I feel Netflix could do it justice
 
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There was once a rumour of a Netflix series instead of a reboot movie franchise. I feel that if Netflix got their hands on it given the high standard of their own shoes I feel Netflix could do it justice
I'd rather not see that. Netflix had a good thing going a few years ago, but nowadays everything they produce by themselves is pure trash. I'm going to end my Netflix subscription once the Disney streaming service launches next year.

Anyhow, I don't think a TV series would be a suitable format when it comes to Resident Evil. Horror in general translates very bad to TV.
Feature film is the way to go, with a proper adaptation of the first game.
 
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There was no previous thread for this subject. Ever since May last year, it's been known that James Wan will produce a script by Greg Russo that will serve as a complete reboot of the Resident Evil film series.

https://deadline.com/2017/05/reside...mes-wan-produce-greg-russo-script-1202100081/

Thoughts on this? As someone who didn't like the movies at all, even for their "beloved" cheesiness, I see this as a chance to make a proper adaption of the first game. With Chris and Jill serving as protagonists discovering the secrets of the Spencer Mansion...
I'd love to see that, but i wouldn't mind if they skip right to the Raccoon City outbreak either. At one point during development of first movie adaptation that was the plan studio had, before deciding to go back and set the story in similar locations like the ones in the first game.

Interesting news about reboot;

https://discussingfilm.wordpress.co...ent-evil-reboot-exclusive-interview-part-two/

INTERVIEWER: How’s the progress with the ‘Resident Evil’ reboot?

GREG RUSSO: It’s good. I worked on the reboot for about a year and then Producer James Wan came in, my involvement on that project has kind of concluded, so I’m not sure what they’ll really do with it, I submitted my draft to the producers and they were happy with it and ultimately they’ll do what they will with the property but I’m currently not involved with that film.

INTERVIEWER: Was there any specific game that you tried to channel the most into your draft?

GREG RUSSO: Obviously I’m a huge fan of the franchise so to work on that was a lot of fun. And they’ve made six films before so when you come back to that and reboot it, you wanna do something different and not just rehash. For me it was very clear cut that I wanted to go back and make it scary again like a horror film in terms of the classic James Wan style so that was the pitch, going back and looking what made the games scary in the first place so yea Resident Evil 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft.

INTERVIEWER: That honestly makes a lot of sense, as with Resident Evil 7, they were going back to a lot of the horror roots where they had their action romps with 5 and 6.

GREG RUSSO: Yea, exactly, and not to shame the original film franchise that was made, I think that did very well, when you create a fresh reboot and look at the over the top action of the Paul Anderson franchise, it was fun and really cool but at the end of the day, for me as a fan of the original game franchise, I always considered the franchise to be horror at the forefront and action as a secondary feature. So it just made sense to go back to the horror roots.
I like Russo's ideas and direction for the story, although i am still doubtful about the reboot, but i hope it will at least be a good movie and more than decent adaptation of games. If we could get Resident Evil movie that's similar to Overlord, which had great mix of action and horror, then i would be happy with it. That's just me though.
 

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I wanted to go back and make it scary again like a horror film in terms of the classic James Wan style so that was the pitch, going back and looking what made the games scary in the first place so yea Resident Evil 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft.
There goes any hope of a decent Resident Evil film. "Let's use the least Resident Evil thing since the Paul W. S. Anderson films to use as the touchstone for the reboot."
 

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About the Resident Evil movie reboot...looking on the bright side, it's probably going to be better than Paul Anderson's Alice Evil...it's not that hard. On the down side...trying an "horror" approach is kinda tricky. I don't think zombie (or even monster) movies are "scary" anymore. That's why most of them go to the gore or the action. Zombies aren't scary anymore, because the genre was oversaturated over the years so...I don't know. I don't have that much high hopes.
 

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About the Resident Evil movie reboot...looking on the bright side, it's probably going to be better than Paul Anderson's Alice Evil...it's not that hard. On the down side...trying an "horror" approach is kinda tricky. I don't think zombie (or even monster) movies are "scary" anymore. That's why most of them go to the gore or the action. Zombies aren't scary anymore, because the genre was oversaturated over the years so...I don't know. I don't have that much high hopes.
My thoughts exactly. Horror in video games doesn't exactly translate to horror in films. In a video game, the horror doesn't come from the gore, imagery, or jumpscare. Yes, they do help with the immersion and initial shock, but the real horror comes from you, the player. It's all about you being placed in the protagonist's shoes and experiencing the horror firsthand, not watching it. That's why a zombie video game like Resident Evil can be scary, but a zombie movie is just cliche.

A live action Resident Evil movie should be character driven, atmospheric, tense, and teeter the line between horror and action. Something in the vein of Aliens, which actually serves as a great template for a Resident Evil film to be honest. Giant ship? Mansion. Space Marines? STARS. Aliens? Zombies, and so on and so on.

Resident Evil has such great history, lore, and characters to pull from that Paul W. S. Anderson completely ignored in favor of his fan fiction, yet we're gonna pretend action was that franchise's biggest downfall and be excited about horror and James Wan? I'm not gonna buy into it without seeing what ends up happening, because worst case scenario, there are no iconic characters and it's just a rehash of 7 because it's such an easy game to adapt for modern audiences because they wanted to make a horror film and not a Resident Evil film.
 
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I agree, anything's better than boring Alice. I guess if Paul W. S. Anderson had made Lord of the Rings, he'd probably change the story to revolve around a new character portrayed by Milla Jovovich that interacts with Frodo, Gandalf, Aragon and everyone else.

Anyway... not sure how I feel about Russo being inspired by Resident Evil 7. If it means ditching old characters just for the sake of being a reboot, I'm worried. I mean, seriously, what's the problem? You have lots of popular fan favorites to work with: Jill, Chris, Claire, Leon, Ada, etc.
 
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We don't know what exactly Russo meant when he said that he was inspired by RE 7. I'd like to believe that maybe it means that we will get original characters but in story and locations from RE 7, or at least similar ones.

Maybe producers or whoever is in charge of the reboot thought that doing a RE movie with mansion and underground labs like in first film wouldn't work or they just didn't want to do the same thing again, even though obviously many fans would still love to see more faithful adaptation of first game and its remake.

But, i do think that there is a chance that the version of the reboot with original characters/team going to the Baker plantation and fighting against molded monsters in all the locations from that game would work. That's just me though.
 
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We don't know what exactly Russo meant when he said that he was inspired by RE 7. I'd like to believe that maybe it means that we will get original characters but in story and locations from RE 7, or at least similar ones.

Maybe producers or whoever is in charge of the reboot thought that doing a RE movie with mansion and underground labs like in first film wouldn't work or they just didn't want to do the same thing again, even though obviously many fans would still love to see more faithful adaptation of first game and its remake.

But, i do think that there is a chance that the version of the reboot with original characters/team going to the Baker plantation and fighting against molded monsters in all the locations from that game would work. That's just me though.
Well, that's a horrible idea, but I'm worried that this is what they're actually going through with. If so it'll turn into some sort of slasher film.

I like what [U]Turo602[/U] said about the Aliens comparison. Make the film all about Jill and the others being trapped in the Spencer Mansion, and center the story around being chased by the Tyrant - but don't reveal the face or a full body shot of the Tyrant until the finale of the film. The other zombies will work similar to the facehuggers in Alien, attacking members of S.T.A.R.S. and then turning them against each other. It'll make for very character-driven storylines and suspenseful horror, with action scenes only when its serving the story.
 
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So, it would actually be more like mix of Alien and Aliens? You have one monster (Tyrant) going around and picking off people one by one (like in Alien), and other monsters (and zombies) attacking the team in more of a Aliens way. I like that, if i would have to choose, i'd rather see that than "STARS in Baker plantation" version. And btw, entire "team members turning into monsters" plot idea was something that was a part of earlier unused scripts for first film, one even had Wesker turning into Tyrant, so it would be interesting to see would that work in reboot.
 
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More news, including possible new script and director for the reboot;

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/resident-evil-reboot-writer-director-johannes-roberts-1203081290/

The “Resident Evil” reboot has found its writer and director.

“47 Meters Down” director Johannes Roberts has been hired by Constantin Film to take the reins on the horror reboot, sources tell Variety.

The revival of the franchise has been a high priority for Constantin ever since May 2017, when the reboot was announced. The franchise has cumulatively earned $1.2 billion worldwide to date and is notable for being the highest-grossing film series based on a video game.

Based on the classic video game, the franchise followed Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, as she fights not only the zombies terrorizing Raccoon City after an experiment gone wrong, but the evil Umbrella Corp., which is the cause of the disastrous state. The most recent “Resident Evil” film bowed in 2016 and grossed $312 million, including $160 million in China alone.

The reboot is expected to start production in 2019 with a new cast.

Roberts has quickly seen his star rise after directing “47 Meters Down” to a domestic box office gross of $44 million on a $5 million budget. He is currently in production on the sequel, “47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter.” Other credits include “Strangers: Prey at Night” and “The Other Side of the Door.” He is repped by CAA, Gotham Group, and Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman.
 
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