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Johannes Roberts Gives Update on ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot

During an interview with Screenrant, when asked about the current progress of Constantin Films’ upcoming Resident Evil reboot, director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) said the project is still moving forward and is in active development.

He teased the film’s new story line will be much closer to its video game source material.

“We are in active development of that at the moment,” Roberts said. “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.” read more

Netflix to Produce ‘Resident Evil’ TV Series

Why should AMC have all of the undead fun?  In an exclusive article, Deadline is reporting that a TV series based on Resident Evil is currently in the works over at Netflix.  The franchise already boasts six movies, but could be in prime position to scoop up a lot of hungry zombie television fans as the still-massive Walking Dead series gets a bit longer in the tooth and more convoluted from a story-line standpoint.  This rumored scripted-series will be looking to capitalize off of this growing audience while leveraging the technology and advantages of being on a streaming platform. read more

Johannes Roberts to Helm ‘Resident Evil’

Prepare to enter Raccoon City once again as Variety is reporting that Johannes Roberts will be writing and directing the Resident Evil reboot. Constantin Film has been geared up to reboot the franchise since May of 2017 as they confirmed the choice with Variety at the Cannes Film Festival.

Roberts is the director behind 47 Meters Down and The Strangers: Prey at Night. Released on June 16, 2017 in the United States, 47 Meters Down follows two sisters whose dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare. A sequel, 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter is slated for a June 2019 release. read more

Samuel Hadida Dies at 64

We have sad news to pass along today as Deadline is reporting that producer Samuel Hadida has passed away. Horror fans know Hadida as the driving force behind the film adaptation of the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises.

Born in Casablanca, Morocco on December 17, 1953, Hadida co-founded Metropolitan Filmexport with his brother Victor in 1978. The company is the currently French distributor for Lionsgate films. In 1993 his first horror venture Necronomicon: Book of the Dead was released which starred Jeffrey Combs as H.P. Lovecraft. In 2002, Hadida quarterbacked the beloved Resident Evil video game franchise to the big screen. The film starred Milla Jovovich as Alice, Michelle Rodriguez as Rain, and Eric Mabius as Matt. The film garnered over $100 million at the box office and spawned five more additions to the franchise. read more

Tony Jaa Tweets Out First Look at ‘Monster Hunter’

While the much-anticipated film adaptation of the video game Monster Hunter is continuing principal photography in both South Africa and Namibia, one of its stars is using social media to get us all hyped up.  Tony Jaa, who portrays “The Hunter”, today released the first look at the both he and co-star Milla Jovovich in action via his official Twitter account.  The tweet and picture from the set can be seen below.

Monster Hunter, a joint venture between Constantin Film, Impact Pictures and Sony’s Screen Gems, began shooting back in October with lofty expectations.  Besides Jovovich, several others involved in the successful Resident Evil franchise are also involved in the project and similar box office totals are already expected.  Jaa’s reveal of the in-action pair will drum up plenty of expectation, while fans patiently wait for the finished product.  Jaa and Jovovich lead the impressive cast, which also includes Ron Perlman (Hell Boy), rapper Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris and Meagan Good (Saw V) among others.  The film will be directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat), who also assumed the screenwriting duties. read more

Shooting Begins in Africa for Film Adaptation of Video Game ‘Monster Hunter’

The folks responsible for the Resident Evil film franchise are bringing a brand new video game to the big screen.  According to Deadline, principal photography has begun in both South Africa and Namibia on Monster Hunter, based on the wildly popular Capcom video game of the same name.  Sony arm Screen Gems will release the film nationally, with other companies handling the international distribution.

Paul W.S. Anderson, who previously worked on both the Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat film adaptations, will assume the writing and directing duties on Monster Hunter.  The star of those Resident Evil movies, Milla Jovovich, has already signed on to team up with Anderson again as the female heroine Artemis.  Joining Jovovich will be Hollywood heavyweight Ron Perlman (Hell Boy), rapper Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior) and Meagan Good (Saw V) among others.  Completing the Resident Evil circle on this project are producers Robert Kulzer and Jeremy Bolt, with several others also serving in that capacity. read more

Streaming-Only Version of ‘Resident Evil 7’ to Appear on Nintendo Switch in Japan

After launching in January of 2017 to a positive critical and fan reception, Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch! But there are a couple of catches…

Variety reports that the game will come to the Nintendo Switch on May 24th, but it won’t be available on physical media, you can’t buy a digital copy of it, it can’t be played without an internet connection, and it’s only available in Japan.

Entitled Resident Evil 7: Cloud Version, the game must be played by streaming it over a high-speed internet connection. Everyone can play the first 15 minutes for free, but after that the game must be “rented” for a 180 day period for 2,000 yen (approximately $17.99 in US dollars). The Switch version will include the complete game including all of the downloadable content which was originally available on other platforms. It will also include Joy-Con support and motion controls. read more

James Wan to Produce ‘Resident Evil’ Movie Reboot, Greg Russo to Write Script

Just days after announcing their plans for rebooting the Resident Evil movie franchise (and a week after Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hit blu-ray!), Constantin Film has announced some of the talent attached to the new project. Deadline reports that James Wan has signed on to produce the film, and Greg Russo will write the script.

James Wan is currently shooting the upcoming Aquaman film, but he is better known to horror fans for his work on Saw, the Insidious franchise, and The Conjuring franchise. In addition to serving as a producer on Resident Evil, Wan is attached to the following projects as a producer: Mortal KombatAnnabelle: Creation, Saw: Legacy, Insidious: Chapter 4, and The Nun. That sure is a lot of producing! read more

Constantin Film to Produce New ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot Movie

Just four days after Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hit retail shelves on home video formats, Constantin Film has announced that they will be continuing the franchise in the form of an upcoming reboot movie. Constantin’s board chairman,  Martin Moszkowicz, confirmed to Variety at Cannes Film Festival that the project (based loosely on the popular Capcom video game series) is currently in development. 

It isn’t surprising that Constantin wouldn’t want to stop at The Final Chapter… the film earned over $312 million worldwide on a budget of just $40 million (low by big action movie standards). While interest in the franchise has waned in the United States over the years, its recent entries have been smash hits in international markets like China. read more

New Resident Evil 7 Trailer Emerges

This past weekend at Sony’s Playstation Experience 20016, the latest trailer for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was released.  Revealing only a few new plot twists, such as the name of the main character “Ethan,” the tease was enough for gamers who are anxiously awaiting the next installment in one of the most successful video game franchises ever.

Since 1996, Capcom’s survival horror game has been a staple even in all gamers collections, and became the zombie game that defined the genre. From the looks of it, this game is as creepy and intense as it ever was and may be even gorier this time around.  The sneak peek that emerged this weekend is just the latest glimpse into the next chapter into what looks to be one of the darkest Resident Evil chapters yet. With Resident Evil 6 garnering Capcom $6.5 million in sales, I don’t expect the franchise to slow down anytime soon. read more