Resident Evil has long been a fan favorite in the gaming community. Making its debut in Japan in 1996, the games have been a gem amongst those who enjoy fighting the good fight against the undead. With 10+ games under its belt, it’s no surprise that the franchise is being rebooted as another live action film.
In 2002, the first of the Resident Evil was released with Milla Jovovich starring as Alice, a woman who wakes up in a mansion with no memory of who she is and how she got there. This film would become the first of six, with the final movie releasing in 2016. They’re stand alone movies, so viewers who haven’t played the games or aren’t too familiar with them can still watch and enjoy the movies. With the final movie ending in a bizarre cliffhanger, should the series have ended then and there? With 2020 being the year of reboots, we don’t have to wait any longer for an answer.
Constantin Film has signed on for a new adaptation that will familiarize viewers to the origin story of the video game’s main characters. The film will take place in 1998 in Raccoon City, which is where the zombie outbreak first began. The film’s cast will star Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell (The Flash, Max) as Chris Redfield, and Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man, Killjoys) as Jill Valentine.
For those who have no knowledge of the games, the first one revolves around Chris and Jill as they find themselves trapped in a mansion during the initial zombie outbreak. The second game introduces Claire Redfield, Chris’ sister, two months after the outbreak. So it seems that the movie will be merging several of the game’s characters together for a single plot. The cast will also include Avan Jogia, Tom Hopper and Neal McDonough.
The film will be produced by Robert Kulzer and will reportedly be diving into the secrets hidden within the Spencer Mansion as well as Raccoon City. The Resident Evil reboot is set for a 2021 release while on top of that, a live action series is in the works by Netflix.