If it’s one thing that director James Wan knows, it would be horror and the director of the upcoming ‘Aquaman’ is returning to his roots by signing on to produce the ‘Resident Evil‘ reboot. While fans may have worried about the direction of the franchise now that it will no longer be on Paul W.S. Anderson’s plate, this spells a future full of frights as we get a new look at the Umbrella Corporation. Not only that, but this new iteration by Constantin Films and Screen Gems has Greg Russo penning the script! The pair are already working together on ‘Mortal Kombat’ which would help in getting the result that Wan will want to see on the big screen.
As a director for the film and overall plot for the future of the franchise, we don’t even know if they plan on bringing back Milla Jovovich’s Alice or, more likely, follow some of the characters from the original Capcom video games. ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter‘ made over a billion at the box office combined so it really isn’t a surprise that they’d want to continue it.
While Anderson’s films have always been financial hits, they’ve never been critical blockbusters and outside of the first have been more about action than horror. I would expect with Wan’s background that a focus on the survival horror elements of the games would strongly come into play when the reboot finally hits.
Wan already has ‘Aquaman,’ a reboot of ‘Mortal Kombat,’ as well as weighing in on future installments of his other horror franchises as they move forward, so it is hard to tell when we might see this begin. As ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ was only released this year, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if we still had quite some time ahead of us before more news on the franchise is unearthed.
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