Resident Evil: The Final Chapter just this last week was released on physical media for home viewing, and of course various video on demand options. At the same time it’s being reported that a reboot of the franchise is already in the works…
The existing franchise has barely been put to rest and there’s already work on a new rebooted take on the series…..not even Spiderman rebooted so quickly. While there’s been no announcement on stars, directors, or writers, production company Constantin Film have confirmed on the record that work is underway to start over with the video game to film franchise.
The previous series of six films began way back in 2002, starring Milla Jovovich in the lead role collaborating with writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson. While the quality of their films was mixed at best, with six films in which to explore this setting and universe it’s difficult to think what new material is going to manifest in a rebooted film that will truly justify its existence so soon after the previous incarnation was wrapped up. Even if there is, could it not be done in a manner that continues rather than reboots? Do we need to see Raccoon City fall apart again?
Ultimately of course it’s a business to manage and the characters, setting and story will all outlive the creative talent that’s been working on them for the last 15 years so certainly a reboot is inevitable. Perhaps though, it would be worth allowing audience anticipation to rebuild just a little before kicking it off all over again, and you know that if the first film is successful, there will be a parade of sequels ready to roll out right behind it.
Anyone else think this is a little too soon?