For anyone who is a fan of the survivor horror game genre, nothing is better than some classic Resident Evil. Debuting in 1996, Resident Evil kickstarted the world of video game horror into new heights, inspiring other classic games like Silent Hill and Dead Space. With a span of 7 main games, and several spinoffs, it is a true cornerstone in the video game world. This, of course, led to the eventual six film adaptions starring Milla Jovovich and developed by Paul W.S. Anderson (who wrote all the films and directed 4 of the 6).
The film series garnished over 1.2 Billion dollars in total, making it the most successful video game-to-film adaption to date, but was panned by critics and fans alike, moving away from the horror aspect for a more action driven style.
Jovovich and Anderson put a definite cap on their franchise with 2017’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. However, almost immediately after its release, a reboot of the series was announced. Now, according to Variety, production company Constanin and CEO Martin Moszkowicz said that they may be leaning towards the making it a TV series and are still working out their concept.
“For us, the main thing is to get it right creatively so people don’t think it’s more of the same. That’s what it’s all about these days, a fresh, different approach.”
With a rich story that has endured over 20+ years with the award winning game franchise, there is more than enough to make a very successful and long running TV series, especially if they dive into the survival horror aspect more so than just action. They can also look to other series, like The Walking Dead, to get a good idea of what works, and what doesn’t. In the meantime, check out this footage from a Resident Evil series pilot that was ultimately abandoned.
While fans wait to see the exact direction this reboot goes in, they are also waiting for any new information on the remake of the classic Resident Evil 2, which was initially teased in 2015, but hasn’t made any more noise since.