When it comes to video game movies, you can take heart in knowing that most of them pretty much stink. Like really badly stink. Yet, there are some franchises that actually went above and beyond what people thought they would be, and the Resident Evil franchise was that. Moviegoers seemed to like their version of the zombie world, and so it lasted for some time. And now, the franchise is getting a reboot, and its roots you’ll find in the world of Resident Evil 7.
This comes from the screenwriter of the reboot, Greg Russo, who noted:
“Obviously I’m a huge fan of the franchise so to work on that was a lot of fun,” said Russo. “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.”
Russo also made sure to note that while he appreciated the original series of films, he wanted to make something different with his:
“Yeah, exactly, and not to shame the original film franchise that was made, I think that did very well, when you create a fresh reboot and look at the over the top action of the Paul Anderson franchise, it was fun and really cool but at the end of the day, for me as a fan of the original game franchise, I always considered the franchise to be horror at the forefront and action as a secondary feature,” said Russo. “So it just made sense to go back to the horror roots.”
No release date has been given at this time.