Fifteen years and six movies after actress Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson made Resident Evil arguably the most successful film franchise ever to spin out of a video game property, news hit this week that Constantin Film was planning a reboot already.
The news -- that Constantin planned a six-movie reboot unrelated to characters from the six-movie film franchise that just wrapped up -- came as a surprise to the entertainment press, since Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is so fresh that the Blu-ray just hit store shelves last Tuesday.
It also came as a surprise to Jovovich, who asked incredulously, “They’ve announced a reboot?” when ComicBook.com asked whether she would like to see her daughter, who appeared in The Final Chapter, star in the next franchise.
“Okay, well good luck with that,” she said after we filled her in on the original report, but then, a bit less off-the cuff, she had some thoughts on the state of this and other movie reboots that announce a massive, multi-picture slate before the first movie is ever a success.
“I think a lot of people with these franchises kind of put the cart before the horse,” Jovovich said. “There’s a danger to that. They’ve been wanting to reboot Resident Evil for a long time, and listen: I love the Resident Evil world. I think it’s a great property, I would do it if I was a producer. I think what made Resident Evil so special is that the people involved really loved what they’re doing and really were fans of the game. I would suggest that you find people that have that same passion for the property before you talk about reboots. I think if you get into this kind of genre, people are very sensitive to fakes. There’s some real fans in the sci-fi/action/horror world, and they’re not idiots. They can smell when something is done because people love it and when something is done just to monetize an opportunity.”
That's likely why Anderson's take resonated, while zombie maestro George A. Romero failed to get his version of the property off the ground, and repeated discussions of reboots or spinoffs over the last 15 years have failed to get traction as Anderson and Jovovich have turned out sequel after sequel to the original.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and in digital HD now.
The T-virus unleashed by the evil Umbrella Corp. has spread to every corner of the globe, infesting the planet with zombies, demons and monsters. Alice (Milla Jovovich), a former Umbrella employee turned rogue warrior, joins her friends on a last-chance mission to storm the company's headquarters located deep underneath what used to be Raccoon City. But the Red Queen (Ever Anderson) knows that Alice is coming, and the final battle will determine if the rest of mankind lives or dies.
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