Resident Evil: The Final Chapter came out in 2016, so that’s it for Resident Evil movies, right? Not so fast. Milla Jovovich may be done with Resident Evil but you can’t keep a good franchise down. Sony is developing a new Resident Evil movie with director Johannes Roberts. Roberts directed both 47 Meters Down movies and the sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night. Whether humans or sharks, Roberts is an expert at villains stalking victims, so zombies should be no problem for him.
Roberts spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about his sequel 47 Meters Down: Uncaged this weekend, so we had a chance to ask him about his Resident Evil reboot. Here are three things we learned from Roberts, and if you want to see who’s in charge of Resident Evil now, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is in theaters.
Johannes Roberts is almost ready to shoot ‘Resident Evil’
The first Resident Evil film came out in 2002. After that, sequels came out fairly regularly every two or three years. The longest gap was the four years between Resident Evil: Retribution and The Final Chapter. It’ll be four years again in 2020, but Roberts is almost ready to do.
“I’m in prep on Resident Evil at the moment so we’re developing that and hopefully we’ll start shooting that soon enough,” Roberts confirmed. “So that’s really the next project for me.”
The new ‘Resident Evil’ movie will be more faithful to the video games
When Paul W.S. Anderson adapted Resident Evil, he made the first movie a prequel to the original game. As the sequels went on, the movie series diverged further from the games. Characters from the games like Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera appeared, but they didn’t steer the films back towards the games.
The films also became action movies, which was great. They still had all the zombies, monsters and gore, but they were more about big battles than the games were. So if there’s going to be a new Resident Evil, modeling the approach after the games on which it is based sounds like a good plan.
“I can’t say too much at the moment,” Roberts said. “It’s very much going back to the roots of the game and really scary.”
That means one character will not be in the new ‘Resident Evil’
Resident Evil became Milla Jovovich’s franchise. She played Alice, a woman who woke up in the Umbrella Corps facility in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Alice toughened up quick and became the leader of the survivors throughout five more adventures. In fact, as the main character, Alice commanded the spotlight even when Carlos and Jill appeared.
If Roberts is going to go back to the original games, that means he’s going to focus on the characters from those games. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will in fact be the final chapter for Alice.
“Alice is very much Paul’s creation, so was not part of the games,” Roberts said. “Paul created that himself and is part of his franchise.”