While there’s still no word on when it’ll begin production, the reboot of the “Resident Evil” films is chugging along with writer Greg Russo revealing that a draft of the screenplay has been completed and turned into the studio.
James Wan is serving as a producer on the new take on the property with a director expected to be hired soon.
Russo, who has also worked on the long-gestating “Mortal Kombat” movie reboot, spoke with Discussing Film about how approached the reboot and said the recent and highly acclaimed video game “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard” released last year served as the template:
“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 yeah, Resident Evil 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft.”
Despite the work, Russo says his involvement in the project is done and so he’s not sure what’s going on with it now:
“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.”
Director Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich made six “Resident Evil” movies over a 15-year period, a franchise which was much more action than horror oriented which is what the game series was initially crafted as. Despite a critical drubbing, the six films have snagged a whopping $1.2 billion in revenue.