Resident Evil reboot

ToCool74

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All I have to say is if they have no intention of respecting the source material than they should not even use those events from Raccoon City or the established characters at all.

Sure you can take certain liberties but when it comes to adapting fan favorite characters you also have to show great respect and care to what make that character who they are and what resonates with that character's fanbase, like for instance I've heard the theory of both Claire and Leon being a part of STARS and how Chris is going to be in Raccoon City which shatters a core character element of Claire looking for her brother which did not get resolved until Code Veronica, changing the lore to fit a new narrative is fine but you also need to be sure not to make it TO drastic otherwise you just pi$$ off those fans of the character.

So yes if they have no intention of respecting the source material or being bound by the expectations that come with adapting those characters properly than they should just make a series but set it in a new city with all new characters under the Resident Evil name, they can still use the bioweapons and monsters from the games as well as Umbrella as the badguys but have it centered around a new cast.
 

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Agreed. It’s amazing how they complicate the source material and it’s even more amusing to hear some fans say that they don’t know what would make a proper RE movie/series adaptation.

At any rate, I’ve lost interest in seeing any film or show adaptations for the time being. I didn’t even bother seeing the last live action RE movie because the entire series attempt was a dumpster fire trying to rake in money. Sadly it worked for them and it’s also the reason any future film or show adaption with be half assed and shallow.

Capcom has given them a very simple plot with lovable characters that can easily be expanded on further with solid writers and actors but they seem to deliberately miss the mark. It’s why I’ve enjoyed the more grounded approach that Capcom has taken with the newer remakes as they are at least trying to convey the stories of the previous games in a sensible and fun way. Hopefully RE8 follows suit, despite the questionable rumors.
 
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Take it with a grain of salt, but my sources stated that the director is combining the first two games into one storyline. Not sure if they meant half the movie is one story, half is the other; or if they are just combining characters and locations and creating one story using elements from the video game. Also, the reason for a younger Wesker was due to a romantic subplot where Chris and Wesker were both vying for Jill's affections. Not 100% sold that any of this is solid info.
 

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Sounds dumb enough to be true.

Also, the reason for a younger Wesker was due to a romantic subplot where Chris and Wesker were both vying for Jill's affections. Not 100% sold that any of this is solid info.

How very safe of them.
 
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Take it with a grain of salt, but my sources stated that the director is combining the first two games into one storyline. Not sure if they meant half the movie is one story, half is the other; or if they are just combining characters and locations and creating one story using elements from the video game. Also, the reason for a younger Wesker was due to a romantic subplot where Chris and Wesker were both vying for Jill's affections. Not 100% sold that any of this is solid info.
Alright, here's my take on this.

If it was just Chris and Jill who are in romantic relationship or whatever, like in Romero's '98 RE script (and i think in other rejected scripts as well?), i would be fine with it, although i would always prefer if they stay in best friends/partners type of relationship, like in the games. But this... i really should't be that surprised, considering how it's Greg Russo who's involved in the script. Let's just say that his Mortal Kombat script wasn't exactly a masterpiece from what i remember.
 

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But this... i really should't be that surprised, considering how it's Greg Russo who's involved in the script. Let's just say that his Mortal Kombat script wasn't exactly a masterpiece from what i remember.
Greg Russo is not writing the script. He was replaced with the director who is writing his own. I noticed during an interview last summer that the director mentioned pitching his own story and the studio being happy. I asked Russo on Twitter if this was true and he blocked me. It was later mentioned in November that the director is indeed writing his own script.

This would be the first project Russo has been let go from. So I can understand if he was sore about it.
 
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Greg Russo is not writing the script. He was replaced with the director who is writing his own. I noticed during an interview last summer that the director mentioned pitching his own story and the studio being happy. I asked Russo on Twitter if this was true and he blocked me. It was later mentioned in November that the director is indeed writing his own script.

This would be the first project Russo has been let go from. So I can understand if he was sore about it.
Thanks for clearing that up. I read before how both of them were working on the script, so i thought that whatever the latest draft is, it's still based on what Russo wrote all the way back in 2016 (?), but it's good to know that's not the case. I wonder, what's going on with F.E.A.R, another video adaptation Russo is/was working on, and is or will he also be removed from that one as well.
 
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Thanks for clearing that up. I read before how both of them were working on the script, so i thought that whatever the latest draft is, it's still based on what Russo wrote all the way back in 2016 (?), but it's good to know that's not the case. I wonder, what's going on with F.E.A.R, another video adaptation Russo is/was working on, and is or will he also be removed from that one as well.
I was not aware he was writing F.E.A.R.

I know that he is attached to Death Note 2 for Netflix, Mortal Kombat (which he was on location in Australia - possibly for rewrites) for Warner Bros, and was attached to the Resident Evil reboot film for Constantin Film. Which makes me wonder... The guy is actually a good screenwriter, but still... How the heck do you manage to have no prior credits yet get attached to THREE different adaptations of big name properties? I just don't get it.

I will say this: There was a lot in his 2018 draft of Mortal Kombat I didn't like (as opposed to the 2016 draft which I downright hated). Mostly of plot lines thrown out and some major character changes. But from a storytelling point of view, and script structure, and just overall spectacle, I feel he did an amazing job. And he did several rewrites after that. Is it going to be well received by fans? Probably not. It may not even be a good movie (felt like they were trying for a Marvel's Avengers movie), and the combination of martial arts, graphic violence, and heavy digital effects are just a weird combination. Not sure how it will play out with today's filmmaking style. But Russo is a good script writer in my book. Not GREAT, not a Christopher Nolan or Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson. But he understands how to write a good screenplay that hits all the marks.

So he may have written a good Resident Evil script. We probably will never know.
 
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