With the news that Johannes Roberts (’47 Metres Down’,’Storage 24′) would be directing the ‘Resident Evil‘ reboot, it was pointed out that the announcement didn’t include James Wan who was initially announced as being a producer. While many were still hoping that Constantin Film hadn’t parted ways with the modern-day master of horror, Wan has now confirmed that he isn’t involved in the movie. However, while confirming that he has departed the production, he also did state that he had at one point officially been attached by saying that, “I’m not doing that anymore. That has been dropped.”
It looks like the director of the upcoming ‘Aquaman‘ film is quite frustrated with how the news of his involvement with ‘Resident Evil’ had come about:
“They announce that I’m attached to a lot of stuff and a lot of them are not necessarily real. It’s kind of annoying when things come and go, or things never came in the first place. I hate it when my projects get announced. It makes it seem like I’m attached to a lot of things when in fact I’m not necessarily doing so many things. A lot of my stuff just get announced, and I don’t want them to be announced, but people love to announce them.”
I’m sure someone with Wan’s penchant for quality filmmaking has him involved in quite a few conversations that don’t come to fruition. However, his main blame for this kind of news is “the journalists that want to announce stuff.”
Sadly, that means we won’t see a Wan-produced ‘Resident Evil.’ That isn’t to say he won’t be bringing us anything zombie-related in the near future as he is still working on another undead remake: ‘Train to Busan.’ Also on his horror list is Stephen King’s ‘The Tommyknockers‘ which Wan refers to as “a fucking honor. Geez, Stephen King, how can you not be honored by that and to have Stephen’s blessing on that.”
That last one is a film I’m particularly excited for by bringing two of today’s greatest names in horror together.
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