Sony Pictures is gearing up to release their reboot of Resident Evil this September. Gone are Paul W.S Anderson and Milla Jovovich. In come Chris and Claire Redfield.
While the ‘Resident Evil‘ game franchise continues to go from strength to strength, the same can’t really be said for the movies. While there have been six live-action movies and three superior CGI animated films, you can’t say that the cinematic franchise is all-conquering. The Milla Jovovich-led movies have generated enough cash to be declared a success. But critically, the films have bared almost no resemblance to the classic games or their storylines.
Some of the characters and situations from the gaming franchise were used in the movies. But apart from a few sequences and little nods to its origins, the films have ignored what has gone before it, denying the fans of the games the chance to see the action they have come to love and enjoy in glorious 4K. But that could all be about to change.
Sony Pictures, never to look a cash cow in the mouth, have rebooted the franchise. Paul W.S Anderson and Milla Jovovich are out. They are replaced by writer/director Johannes Roberts and a wholly new cast. And in a great turn, Roberts has announced that the film, set in 1998 serves as an origin story to the original two games. Roberts has said:
“With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original two games and re-create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences.”
While there is no sign of Jovovich’s Alice in this new incarnation. The characters that we have come to know and play over the years will be front and center. Kaya Scodelario takes the lead as Claire Redfield. Robbie Amell steps into the shoes of her brother, Chris Redfield, and Hannah John-Kamen makes the role of Jill Valentine her own.
The film releases on September 3rd and is hopefully, a frightening, enjoyable, and TRUE adaptation of the source material. One that leads us into seeing big-screen versions of the first two games in the long-running franchise. That would be something. And a pair of films that could scare up big box office receipts for Sony. And may lead to a proper version of the survival horror.
We will find out when Resident Evil opens in September.
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