With the Resident Evil franchise constantly expanding, especially in recent years, fans are now also able to look forward to a new film adaptation based on the video game series. The film is intended to be directed by Johannes Roberts, and it will be completely disconnected from the past theatrical Resident Evil film franchise. In fact, it’s being described as an “origin story adaptation” that’s being set in the year 1998. What’s more, the cast for the upcoming Resident Evil film reboot has also been revealed, and it definitely confirms that this new movie will be closer to the original video games.
Director Johannes Roberts also gave the following statement regarding the film via Deadline:
“With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and recreate the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences,” he explained.
The film will feature Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield alongside Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough as William Birkin.
Audiences will be able to expect the film to hit theaters in 2021, with plans that it will launch “a new universe inspired by storylines and characters from Capcom’s classic Resident Evil games.”
The film’s producers include Robert Kulzer of Constantin Film, James Harris for Tea Shop Productions, and Hartley Gorenstein. It will be executive produced by Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz with Victor Hadida, Alex Zhang is Co-Executive Producer, and Dylan Tarason of Constantin Film is co-producing. Alex Westmore and Colin Scully of Constantin Film will be overseeing the film.
This definitely sounds like the perfect film reboot of the Resident Evil franchise so far, especially considering its cast and characters. It’ll be interesting to see how the film continues to develop as we approach its scheduled 2021 release date. Hopefully this will win over fans of the video game series for sure.