I was never really a fan of the long-running Resident Evil movie franchise starring Milla Jovovich as Alice. Now, I fully realize I’m probably in the minority, as the six films in that recently ended franchise managed to gross over $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.
That said, as someone who’s always loved the Resident Evil video games, the movies just lacked something for me, most likely due to how little they tried to actually feel like the source material. Prior reports have suggested this new reboot will try its best to do that.
A reboot coming this soon after the final Jovovich film might seem like overkill, but if it’s done right, fans probably won’t mind. To that end, Variety reports that producers Constantin Film have hired rising horror star Johannes Roberts to both write and direct the new film.
Roberts has been directing indie horror films for nearly two decades, but only recently started to draw mainstream attention with movies like 2016 ghost tale The Other Side of the Door and 2017 shark flick 47 Meters Down, the latter of which he’s making a sequel to.
Roberts’ most high-profile gig before this was 2018 sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night, which drew poor reviews and didn’t make much of an impact financially. Still, his track record leans positive, and it’s encouraging that a horror veteran was chosen to revive this franchise.