Resident Evil Movie
Resident Evil Movie

A new Resident Evil movie is in development from Johannes Roberts, the director of 47 Meters Down and its sequel, and The Strangers: Prey at Night

“We are in active development of that at the moment,” Roberts told Screen Rant. “I pitched them a take, and they really loved it. So, we are just gearing up on that as we speak, really. I’m in the office all the time there. So, yeah, it’s great. It’s gonna be super scary. It’s super, super scary. And it’s just getting back to the roots of the game. I think, at the moment, I’m not really allowed to say much more than that. But it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

It’s unclear whether this “take” is the same one previously going through the studio process with producer James Wan or screenwriter Greg Russo. Both Wan and Russo had previously noted that their involvement with the Resident Evil reboot film had concluded. “I’m not doing that anymore,” Wan said in an interview after the Roberts news broke. “That has been dropped.”

Roberts’ description of “getting back to the roots of the game” would suggest that instead of being another hyper-kinetic action movie, it will take inspiration from the initial game installment, where everything was designed to scare you and make you feel tense. Such was the emotional shredding inflicted upon young ‘90s players by the game, many of them refused to play it alone or at night. If Roberts can recreate and invoke that kind of primal fear in his Resident Evil, it would become a true horror and one that may even surpass the overblown franchise in acclaim and popularity.

What do you think of what Roberts had to say about the new Resident Evil movie reboot? Are you looking forward to a movie that “gets back to the roots” of the franchise? Let us know in the comments

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