New Resident Evil movie 'returning to horror game roots'

A remake of Resident Evil 2 was released in 2019.
A remake of Resident Evil 2 was released this year, to critical acclaim. Photo credit: Capcom

The Resident Evil movie franchise is being rebooted with a new "super, super scary" offering which will reportedly "get back to the roots of the game".

Johannes Roberts, director of 47 Meters Down and The Strangers: Prey at Night, confirmed he is working on the new movie after it popped up on IMDB.


Since Shinji Mikami's groundbreaking original was released in 1996, the Resident Evil 
series has gone on to become one of the most successful game franchises of all time.

Paul W S Anderson's first film based on the games was released in 2002. That spawned five sequels, ending with 2016's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Although the films are renowned for their action scenes and Milla Jovovich, the reboot will be a horror.

"We are in active development of that... I pitched [the studio] a take, and they really loved it," Roberts told Screen Rant.

"It's gonna be super scary. It's super, super scary. And it's just getting back to the roots of the game. I think, at the moment, I'm not really allowed to say much more than that. But it's gonna be a lot of fun."

The film reboot is not to be confused with a Resident Evil TV show reportedly being developed by Netflix.

On Wikipedia, Stormbreaker star Alex Pettyfer is listed as playing the lead role of Leon S Kennedy in a Resident Evil TV show set to debut in 2021, although this information is not linked to in the page's references. 

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