It’s been less than two years since Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hit theatres but, believe it or not, a full blown reboot of the franchise has been in the works for over a year. On the one hand it feels a little too soon to completely reset the series and yet on the other it is easy to see why a fresh new creative direction would be welcome. Last we heard, James Wan had signed on to produce the new movie but it did not sound likely that he would direct. Now this week they have officially announced a director who, much like Wan, comes from a horror background. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to Variety, British director Johannes Roberts will direct a new Resident Evil movie for Constantin Film. Roberts is probably best known for the shark thriller 47 Meters Down, which was plucked from VOD purgatory to get a theatrical release after it turned out better than expected. He also recently helmed The Strangers: Prey at Night and The Other Side of the Door.
The reboot will feature a brand new cast but at the moment we still don’t know what kind of approach it might take. Although the previous six films starring Milla Jovovich have done quite well (particularly overseas), fans of the Resident Evil video games have long complained that the movies bear little resemblance to the games. The hiring of Johannes Roberts might be an indication that they will go with less action and more straightforward horror but that might not sell as well to an international audience. Are you interested in a Resident Evil reboot?