A new live-action Resident Evil movie is due out in cinemas nationwide this September. According to Deadline, which broke the news, the project will be handled by Constantin Film on the production side, with Sony Screen Gems handling distribution. The Resident Evil film reboot is set to launch Labor Day Weekend in the US and September 3 for other markets.
The movie will star Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Avan Jogia as Leon S Kennedy and Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker. The project is being led by writer-director Johannes Roberts.
As for the plot, all we really know is that there are elements of the first two games involved. Based on the cast, we’re about to get a truncated version of two films rolled together. No real details beyond that though, sadly.
The film is set to drop into peak interest in the franchise, thanks to the stellar remakes released recently. So maybe this will be good. The plot will more accurately follow the games it seems, and it looks like a very deliberate attempt to remove the influence of the previous films.
The previous outings in the franchise of films have been critically panned and had poor reputation among fans. There were numerous problems with these earlier films, as they often ignored the game plots, except for the barest of threads. And when the Resident Evil films did reference the games, it was often to make shot-for-shot remakes of scenes from the games.
Then there was the “mary sue” treatment given to Alice, the character that starred in the films played by Milla Jovovich. The writing for this character would almost always upstage the actual characters from the games. Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the film loosely based on Resident Evil 3, completely destroyed Jil Valentine as a plot-relevant character in favor of a completely pointless plot involving Alice and Nemesis. The film goes so far as to completely invalidate the game that it crushes Nemesis. Literally, this is done with a random helicopter in such a way that it destroys both the character and all the plot points following the film.
To say that I’m wary of this film and its relevance to the games would be an understatement. We will have to wait and see what comes of it though, who knows. It could actually turn out to be OK. The director has plenty of experience with making B-movies, so maybe that tone will work well here.