A fresh cinematic take on the tale of Resident Evil is on its way, this time from a creative team that apparently is interested in drawing more inspiration from the source material, Deadline announced today. The Constantin Film effort represents an “origin story adaptation” and is set in Raccoon City, circa 1998.
Written and directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down), the new film features rising Hollywood talent, including Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner) as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell (Upload) as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as fan favorite Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) as William Birkin.
The new production has big shoes to fill, following closely a series of six films from Paul W.S. Anderson that grossed $1.2 billion worldwide. Those movies quickly headed off in their own direction, with less infrequent nods to the source material, but their success could make Constantin Film leery to pursue more than a single installment if the reboot gets off to a rocky financial start.
“With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-create 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 audience,” Roberts said, uttering the sort of words some fans have been longing to hear.
Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems is handling the domestic release, with various other distributors lined up for other territories (including Constantin itself in Germany). Robert Kulzer will produce, along with James Harris of Tea Shop Productions and Hartley Gorenstein.
The movie sounds like it will begin where the previous Hollywood attempt did, with a tour of Spenser Mansion, the doomed mansion on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Where the story might go from there remains to be seen, and a release window was not provided at this time. Are you ready for more Resident Evil on the big screen?