If it feels like it wasn’t very long ago that director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil movie series starring Milla Jovovich came to an end, that’s because it wasn’t. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hit theaters in 2016.
Yet, the Hollywood gods must be appeased, and thus, producer Constantin Film is already prepping a reboot of the franchise. Thankfully, said reboot has been promoted as being closer to the video game source material.
Early on in the process, fans were given risen to be confident, as horror master James Wan was signed on to produce the Resident Evil reboot. Unfortunately, he now tells Bloody Disgusting that he’s no longer involved.
As if that wasn’t disappointing enough, it now sounds like it’s possible Wan was never completely committed to the job in the first place, and that the initial reports of his involvement with the project were premature.
“They announce that I’m attached to a lot of stuff and a lot of them are not necessarily real. It’s kind of annoying when things come and go, or things never came in the first place. I hate it when my projects get announced. It makes it seem like I’m attached to a lot of things when in fact I’m not necessarily doing so many things. A lot of my stuff just get announced and I don’t want them to be announced but people love to announce them.” – James Wan
Despite the fact that Wan is out, it doesn’t look like the Resident Evil reboot will stop moving forward, as Constantin Film recently hired The Strangers: Prey at Night helmer Johannes Roberts to direct the project.