Resident Evil Set to Reboot

Resident Evil Set to Reboot

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?

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.