Well, that didn’t take long.
With Resident Evil: The Final Chapter just now hitting Blu-ray, Variety reports a reboot of the franchise is already in the works — with a whopping six new films planned. The reboot was confirmed by Constantin Film’s chairman of the board Martin Moszkowicz, and though it’s not much of a surprise, the news comes a bit faster than probably anyone expected.
No word on which direction they’ll take the rebooted franchise, though original director and writer Paul W.S. Anderson told us (before this news broke) that he almost certainly wouldn’t be involved in any potential reboot. Anderson seems content with what he’s done with the franchise across six movies, and it looks as if we’ll be getting a different vision this time around.
The franchise has been around for almost 15 years, and is easily the most successful video game-to-film adaptation. Across six films, the franchise has accounted for $1.2 billion at the global box office. So it’s no shock that Constantin Film wants to keep cranking these out. A lot has changed since Anderson’s first Resident Evil film in 2002, which focused on the original character Alice to introduce viewers to the world of Resident Evil. The original double trilogy was a lot of fun, but with the studio taking another shot at the franchise, it stands to reason they might stay a bit closer to the video game series the time around.
The report notes the studio is already mapping out six films for the reboot (the original franchise also ran for a double trilogy), which should keep fans knee-deep in zombies and the Umbrella Corporation for another decade or so.
What do you think of the idea of six more Resident Evil films? Which direction would you like to see the story go this time around?