Only months after the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter marked the franchise's cinematic conclusion, Constantin Film has announced that Resident Evil will be rebooted, with horror maestro James Wan attached to produce. Based on the popular Capcom video games, the reboot promises to be more faithful to the games compared to the looser cinematic adaptations.
Hot on the heels of this announcement, the star of the original #ResidentEvil movies Milla Jovovich has opened up about what it feels like to see a franchise she helped define get the reboot treatment.
Passing The Zombie-Killing Torch
ComicBook.com spoke with Jovovich, who's played Alice in all the live-action Resident Evil movies, and got to hear her thoughts on the coming do-over.
After overcoming her initial shock at the news of a reboot, she offered advice to those who would be inheriting the franchise from her and her husband, long-time Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson. Even if she supports the reboot, Jovovich still urged caution:
“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. I think it’s a great property, I would do it if I was a producer."
Jovovich then expressed her admiration for the video games that helped turn her into a big-screen action heroine. Though some hardcore gamers may question the faithfulness of the Resident Evil adaptations, it's clear that Jovovich has a strong personal investment in these movies and she only wants the best for the franchise now that a new batch of filmmakers will handle the project:
"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. I think if you get into this kind of genre, people are very sensitive to fakes. There’s some real fans in the sci-fi/action/horror world, and they’re not idiots. They can smell when something is done because people love it and when something is done just to monetize an opportunity.”
The Cinematic Resurrection Of Resident Evil
The Resident Evil movies sparked controversy for the games' fans because many felt the movies had little to do with the #Capcom property. The films' central character Alice was the perfect embodiment of these concerns because she was a character who doesn't exist in the games. And yet she constantly bested characters who do appear in the games, like Jill Valentine and Albert Wesker.
Despite the changes and deviations from the source material, the Resident Evil movies collectively earned more than $1 billion at the global box office. To date, the franchise equates to the most successful films based on a video game, leaving James Wan and company with big shoes to fill. No matter what you may think of the Resident Evil movies, it's difficult to deny the impact the series has had.
Now that the battle against the morally dubious Umbrella Corporation is set to be given a new cinematic lease on life, fans of the games may finally get what they've been waiting for, while everyone else should prepare themselves for the return of ass-kicking movies about #zombies.