Johannes Roberts Gives Update on ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot

by Mark McCurley

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.”

In 2018, it was reported that Roberts had signed on to write and direct the new Resident Evil adaptation. Previously James Wan’s production studio called Atomic Monster was attached but pulled out of the project.

“The Final Chapter” of the Paul W.S. Anderson RE series, starring Milla Jovovich, earned $26.8 million domestically. Internationally, however, the film made a lucrative $285.4 million, with $160 million coming from China. Worldwide, the $40 million-budgeted sixth film, distributed by Sony‘s Screen Gems, earned $312.2 million.

The Resident Evil franchise has spanned over the last 23 years in the forms of video games, live-action films, animated features, action figures and comic books that expand the series’ mythology.

Originally, there was going to be a film based on the first video game directed by legendary filmmaker George A. Romero but that version did not come to fruition.

Since the original film’s release in 2002, the Resident Evil movies have so far grossed $1.2 billion worldwide, earning the the title of the highest-grossing film series to be based on a video game.

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