Less than a week after Resident Evil: The Final Chapter arrived on DVD and Blu-ray, German production company Constantin Film has been quick to let fans know that it will not, in fact, be the final chapter. The company that owns the rights to the Capcom video game series Resident Evil on the big screen has announced their intention to reboot the series with a brand new creative team and cast. Since then we have also learned that director James Wan is involved, which may indicate a stronger horror influence this time around. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
At the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend, Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at Constantin Film, told Variety that a Resident Evil reboot was in the works. A couple of days later, Deadline reported that James Wan (The Conjuring, Saw) is involved as a producer, reteaming with screenwriter Greg Russo who worked with him on the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot. The movie will indeed feature a new cast, although they aren’t completely ruling out the involvement of director Paul W.S. Anderson.
In the meantime, Sony is releasing another CG animated Resident Evil movie called Resident Evil: Vendetta, which hits select theatres next month. It’s no surprise that they would want to keep the live action movies going, however, since the series has earned $1.2 billion worldwide. Not only is it the highest-grossing movie franchise based on a video game but it is apparently the second biggest horror franchise of all time behind the Alien movies. That’s pretty crazy. Do you have any interest in a Resident Evil reboot?