One of the more unexpected announcements in the past week was that of Constantin Film rebooting the “Resident Evil” film franchise mere months after the sixth and apparent final entry was released in cinemas.
Then came word the other day that James Wan would produce the new film which was the first of six more planned films. What’s not clear at this time is the tone and new direction these films will take.
Today, actress and the previous six films’ leading lady Milla Jovovich was asked for her thoughts on the reboot. The actress tells ComicBook.com that she understands the decision, and hopes those involved will respect the fanbase:
“I think a lot of people with these franchises kind of put the cart before the horse. There’s a danger to that. They’ve been wanting to reboot Resident Evil for a long time, and listen: I love the Resident Evil world. I think it’s a great property, I would do it if I was a producer.
I think what made Resident Evil so special is that the people involved really loved what they’re doing and really were fans of the game. I would suggest that you find people that have that same passion for the property before you talk about reboots.
I think if you get into this kind of genre, people are very sensitive to fakes. There’s some real fans in the sci-fi/action/horror world, and they’re not idiots. They can smell when something is done because people love it and when something is done just to monetize an opportunity.”
The quote indicates the reboot talk isn’t new and has been underway for some time, which might explain why it was decided the sixth film would be the last in the series.
The new “Resident Evil” hasn’t set a date yet.