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It was recently announced that the Resident Evil franchise is in the process of being rebooted with James Wan overseeing production. The future plans for the franchise are quite expansive, targeting six movies in total. With the inclusion of a visionary horror director like James Wan, this will be a very different franchise indeed. So, what does the previous team think of the new direction of the Resident Evil film franchise? Franchise star Milla Jovovich, at least, has some strong feelings about rebooting the franchise so quickly. Speaking to ComicBoo, this is what the actress had to say:
“They’ve announced a reboot? Okay, well good luck with that. I think a lot of people with these franchises kind of put the cart before the horse. There’s a danger to that. They’ve been wanting to reboot Resident Evil for a long time, and listen: I love the Resident Evil world. »
- Jordan Jones
Over the weekend Constantin Films and Sony Gems announced they would rebooting the Resident Evil franchise following on from Paul W.S. Anderson’s swansong Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Producer Samuel Hadida had mentioned the possibility of this back in 2012 so it should come as no surprise, and it has been announced that James Wan (The Conjuring) will produce it with his Mortal Kombat reboot writing partner. Not only that, but a whopping six films are currently planned. Read more here.
Following on from that news, Flickering Myth posted an exclusive preview from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which featured comments from Paul W.S. Anderson about the idea of rebooting the series. Read more here.
There Are No Strings On Him
- Luke Owen
Alien: Covenant opened in theaters this past weekend and brought in an estimated $36 million at the box office.
Fox’s film enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally.
In space, no one can hear you scream. After nearly four decades, those words remain synonymous with the sheer, relentless intensity of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of futuristic horror, Alien. Now, the father of the iconic franchise returns once more to the world he created to explore its darkest corners with Alien: Covenant, a pulse-pounding new adventure that pushes the boundaries of R-rated terror.
The films timeline line up as such:
Engineers create humanity. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charles Holloway discover humanity’s origins »
- Michelle Hannett
The video game movie industry is in a renaissance at the moment. The Angry Birds Movie was a box office hit last year, and Warcraft made an incredible amount of money from the Chinese market alone. Since then we’ve seen adaptations of Tomb Raider and Rampage go into production, as well as more and more video game movies being be announced.
With Paul W.S. Anderson bowing out of the movie series he created with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Constantin Films announced over the weekend they were rebooting the franchise with James Wan producing a six-film series. While there were a few shocked reactions from fans, producer Samuel Hadida had hinted in 2012 that he wanted to reboot the franchise at some point, because that is the nature of Hollywood.
Released this coming July, Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made details the behind-the-scenes stories of »
- Gary Collinson
It’s only been a few days since the announcement that Constatin Films and Sony Gems were planning on a reboot of the Resident Evil movie series, but some new details have come forward.
According to Deadline, James Wan will be producing the reboot with Gregg Russo writing the script. Wan comes from a horror background with titles like The Conjuring, Saw and Annabelle, and he and Russo have been working together on the Mortal Kombat reboot for New Line Cinemas. The reboot will feature an all-new cast, and Variety are reporting that six films are currently planned.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter drew a close to the Paul W.S. Anderson adaptations, which earned over $1 billion in total making it the most successful video game movie series to date. While the films have never been received well domestically (the last entry only »
- Luke Owen
Alien: ConvenantThe eight films that encompass the Alien series—including its succession of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs—make up a widely varying compendium of consistencies and contrasts. The latest entry, Alien: Covenant (2017), is no exception. As the critical reviews of this new installment are now sufficiently mingled with the predictably deviating audience reactions, one thing about the popular franchise remains clear: each title will forever be burdened and bolstered by the films that came before it. Of course, this isn’t all that surprising; sequels are usually judged by their precursors. But with the Alien anthology, it’s not just about the quality of one film as opposed to another, it’s about a deference to the fictional narrative construct (few movie cycles are as preoccupied with a generally coherent narrative thread) and the anticipation derived from an incorporation of familiar themes and visual motifs (there have likewise been »
Remember Resident Evil: The Final Chapter? Of course you do; Paul W.S. Anderson’s sixth and final installment in the lucrative series released only five months ago in the United States. But after grossing a franchise-high of $312 million at the global box office, the Powers That Be have officially ruled that there’s still life in the T-virus yet. So much so that Constantin Films and Screen Gems are purportedly in the early stages of constructing a six-film reboot for Resident Evil.
News emerged during the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, where Constantin’s head honcho Martin Moszkowicz revealed that Resident Evil won’t be spending too much time on the shelf after all. Still no word on whether Milla Jovovich and/or Paul W.S. Anderson are back on board – the latter seems less likely to return, given he’s already signed on to helm a big-screen adaptation of Monster Hunter, »
- Michael Briers
The Resident Evil films just wrapped up this January with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth film in the franchise. Based rather loosely on the Capcom videogame series of the same name, all six films starred Milla Jovovich as she took on zombies and the villainous Umbrella Corporation. The first Resident Evil film was released fifteen years ago in 2002, and until today, The Final Chapter was thought to be... well... the final chapter in the franchise.
Yet, like the zombies featured in the films, Resident Evil just won't die. Variety reports that the German company that owns the rights to Resident Evil, Constantin Film, has announced they will be producing a reboot. Nothing is really known about the reboot at this juncture. There's no word on writers, directors, actors, or how/if the film will fit into the narrative of the original six films.
If this is indeed a »
- Nick Doll
Announced back in March, Sony are pushing forward with their R-rated Venom spin-off movie by revealing that Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) will be putting on the symbiote suit with Ruben Flischer (Zombieland) directing. The movie goes into production this Fall, and will not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read more here.
Speaking of long-gestating projects, and Universal Studios may have found their replacement for Antoine Fuqua on their Scarface remake by arranging talks with David Ayer (Suicide Squad). Ayer is not confirmed yet, and he’s got a busy schedule coming up with Suicide Squad spin-off Gotham City Sirens over at DC and Warner Bros. Read more here.
He’LL Be Back
- Luke Owen
Just a couple of days after we posted our interviews with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter‘s Paul W.S. Anderson and Ali Larter, Germany’s Constantin Film has announced at Cannes that they are rebooting the zombie video game film franchise, according… Continue Reading →
The post As Fully Expected, Resident Evil is Getting a Reboot appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
Just months after the supposed “Final Chapter” arrived in theaters, the “Resident Evil” franchise is set to be rebooted. The news comes from Variety, who report that all other significant details — namely, who will replace franchise star Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson — are yet to be revealed.
Released in January, the most recent installment earned $312 million worldwide (more than half of which came from China). It was the sixth in the series, which began in 2002 and also includes the sequels “Apocalypse,” “Extinction,” “Afterlife” and “Retribution.” Jovovich starred in every film, four of which were directed by Anderson.
Read More: Bryan Fuller on How ‘Alien’ Helped Inspire His Career — and Why He Doesn’t Like ‘Covenant’
- Michael Nordine
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter came out earlier this year and was poised to put the successful video-game-to-movie franchise to bed. Or so we thought. It turns out that, less than a week after the last movie in the series arrived on Blu-ray, a reboot has been announced. While the news is very fresh and there are a lot of unknowns, there are plans for a six-movie reboot of the Resident Evil franchise.
Per Variety, German production company Constantin Film, who currently owns the rights to the Resident Evil property, are already in the early stages of getting a reboot together. Constantin Film has produced all of the other installments in the Resident Evil franchise, which is probably why they are so eager to do some more of them, since they have been very profitable. Here's what Variety has to say about the Resident Evil reboot.
If you thought Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was the final chapter, then think again…
Constantin Film has revealed to Variety that it is in early development on a reboot of the Resident Evil movie franchise, which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given the series’ success at the box office.
Details are scarce at present, and it’s unclear whether Constantin has any talent attached to the project. Also uncertain is whether Paul W.S. Anderson – who wrote all six of the original movies, and directed four – will remain involved in any capacity.
The adaptation of the enormously popular Capcom video game series launched in 2002, with the sixth entry Resident Evil: The Final Chapter released earlier this year. In total, the films have grossed $1.235 billion worldwide, which makes it Europe’s most successful independent horror franchise, and the highest-grossing film series based on a video game IP. »
- Gary Collinson
Well, that didn’t take too long now, did it?
After bringing us what was supposed to be the last instalment in the franchise earlier this year with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, we’re now hearing that Constantin Film is planning to reboot the series, with a new entry currently in development. There’s no word yet on who may helm or star in the movie, or which direction it’ll take in terms of narrative, but it sounds like there’s still life left in the franchise – not that anyone really thought otherwise, right?
The last Resident Evil, while panned by critics, pulled in an impressive $312 million worldwide off a budget of just $40 million. With that in mind, it’d be foolish to think that the producers would just let the property sit on the shelf. As is usually the case in Hollywood, if there’s still money to be made, »
- Josh Wilding
The “Resident Evil” movie franchise has not ended after all.
Details such as the reboot director, stars, and how the reboot would fit into the franchise narrative are being kept under wraps. But Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of the board at Constantin Film, did confirm to Variety at the Cannes Film Festival that a reboot is in development at the giant German production company, which owns rights to the franchise and has produced all of its installments.
The franchise was set to end with this year’s “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” which grossed $312 million worldwide after its January release, including an eye-popping $160 million in China alone. Sony helped sow the seeds of success by securing a release for “Resident Evil: Afterlife” and “Resident Evil: Extinction” in China.
Based on the Capcom video game, the series launched in 2002 with Paul W.S. Anderson directing, »
- John Hopewell
Depending on who you ask, Event Horizon is either a minor cult classic or B-movie garbage. Us? Well, we certainly won’t say it’s a shining gem in the horror genre, but it is a bloody good time and a wholly enjoyable watch with some excellent visuals, despite its shortcomings. Paul W.S. Anderson’s space horror flick has a pretty passionate fanbase and no matter where you stand in regards to how it holds up all these years later, or even how it played upon release, it’s hard not to wonder how the fabled Director’s Cut would have turned out.
Yes, as most people know, there’s a longer and far more bloody cut of the film floating around somewhere, one that when it was screened for test audiences back in the day, some people fainted from all the gruesome gore and violence. Obviously, the studio ordered »
- Mark Cassidy
Dark days, man. We, like you, were hoping that one day we’d see a director’s cut of Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon, which to date is arguably his best film. You see, back upon the film’s release, it fell victim… Continue Reading →
The post Event Horizon Director’s Cut Never Coming appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Earlier this week, film enthusiast and writer Kory Davis held a special 15th anniversary screening for Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil, which was perfectly timed to coincide with the home entertainment release of the last installment in the franchise, The Final Chapter. Before the packed event got underway, Daily Dead had the chance to chat briefly with both Anderson, as well as producer Jeremy Bolt, who has collaborated with the director on numerous projects over the last few decades.
The duo talked about being a part of the Resident Evil cinematic universe for about the last 15 years, and they also discussed another project that’s celebrating an anniversary in 2017, the horror/sci-fi epic Event Horizon, which has gained traction among genre fans since it was first released in 1997.
Great to speak with you, Jeremy. You guys have been on this journey where you’ve been able to start something »
- Heather Wixson
Event Horizon is so good that it makes you want to reconsider the rest of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s filmography. For those who haven’t seen the movie, it’s essentially Hellraiser in outer space – a spaceship goes to hell and back (literally), bringing all kinds of evil nastiness with it. It shines like a dark, bloody star through […]
The post We’ll Never See the ‘Event Horizon’ Director’s Cut Because the Footage is Just Plain Lost appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Hot on the heels of our interview with Ali Larter, who played Claire Redfield in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (review) (and two previous entries), we’re now bringing to you our interview with writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson, the man who… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
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