Anyone who knows me knows that the Resident Evil game franchise is very near and dear to me. The movie franchise? Meh, not so much. With Jill not a main character, Barry Burton (wheres the comically large magnum?) and Leon less than cool and don’t even get me started on Wesker, it was pretty underwhelming. Well, we will get a second chance with James Wan at the helm of the first movie of the six planned in the Resident Evil reboot.
James Wan is best known for his work with The Conjuring, Insidious, Annabelle and Saw. That’s quite a hefty resume and he knows his way around a horror movie or two which will come in handy with the Resident Evil reboot.
The main problem, to me at least, with the movie franchise was that it was nothing but a glorified action movie with some zombies and scifi experiments thrown in and that’s not what the games were about (not until Resident Evil 5 anyway).
Survival horror builds dread, anxiety and keeps you at the edge of your seat and the Resident Evil movies just left those of us that were longing for a good horror film wanting something…more. With directing chops like Wan has, my little horror-filled heart is giddy for what lies ahead.
“They’ve announced a reboot? Okay, well good luck with that. I think what made Resident Evil so special is that the people involved really loved what they’re doing and really were fans of the game. I would suggest that you find people that have that same passion for the property before you talk about reboots.”
Seems like intense words but I see where she’s coming from. I hope the new Resident Evil reboot has the heart of the original Resident Evil games (and a shot for shot intro to the first zombie like in RE1).
Hell, I’ll even take some Resident Evil 7 thrown in for good measure. We will keep you updated on new developments with the reboot.
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