While the original series of Resident Evil movies weren’t exactly well-received by critics, it was still considered a financial success as it managed to gross over $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film series that is based on a video game, and those typically tend to do rather poorly.
So much so that it doesn’t really come as a surprise to learn that there are plans to continue milking the franchise because it has been announced that Constantin Film will be rebooting the series. Unlike the original series, which largely used characters from the game but not necessarily its storyline, the reboot is expected to be more faithful to the game, or to be more specific, the first two games in the series.
According to writer-director Johannes Roberts, “With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first 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.”
The reboot will see Kaya Scodelario cast as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough as William Birkin. The reboot is expected to be released next year, but there are no specific dates yet.