Merely a few months after The Final Chapter opened in theaters worldwide, a new Resident Evil movie is already in the works. This week at Cannes, German movie studio Constantin Film announced that a new movie franchise based on the best-selling horror video game is heading to the big screen.
The Most Successful Video Game Franchise The Second Time Around
Hollywood likes to tap into the video game industry to find their next big blockbuster movie. Often, these attempts end up in a fiery ball of mess that only infuriates the fan base.
Take, for example, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed develop for the big screen by New Regency Pictures. While the movie was able to take home $240 million at the global box office last year, it received rather scathing reviews from movie critics. There is currently no word yet if the sequel will push through. It currently stands with 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, Resident Evil has proven itself to be profitable. The Final Chapter, which was supposed to end the franchise, grossed $312 million at the global box office. The movie had an estimated budget of $40 million and, therefore, a resounding success. China alone was able to contribute $160 million to the movie’s total earning. All in all, the movie series grossed a total of $1.2 billion at the global box office after six installments.
That is why the movie industry is not ready to let the title retire just yet. At Cannes this week, Constantin Films announced the revival of the franchise.
In a report by Variety, the studio revealed that Martin Mszckowicz, Constantin Film Chairman of the Board, will be on board to produce the first movie. However, major details such as the stars, the director and how it fits into the franchise’s narrative have not been disclosed to the public as of this writing. However, six more movies are being planned to be released in the following years.
Costantin was also responsible for producing the first six movies from the franchise that began in 2002. It starred Milla Jovovich as Alice, a former security operative working at the evil Umbrella Corporation which caused the zombie apocalypse. The movies were directed by Jovovich’s husband, filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson.
Milla Jovovich Reacts To Resident Evil Reboot
Jovovich has been closely tied to the video game franchise after playing the role of its hero Alice in six movies. However, it looks like not she nor her husband will be involved in the upcoming movies.
The actor spoke to Comic Book about the reboot while doing rounds to promote the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Apparently, she has not heard about the reboot prior to the interview.
“They’ve announced a reboot?” A surprised Jovovich asked the publication. “Okay, well good luck with that.”
The 41-year-old also talked about how the production studio announced the six-movie franchise before the first one was even released. “I think a lot of people with these franchises kind of put the cart before the horse,” she commented. “There’s a danger to that.”
While she loves the franchise and the passion of the people behind (she would gladly be involved as a producer, if asked), Jovovich worries that it might turn away loyal fans. She warns that fans of genre movies are smart viewers. “They can smell when something is done because people love it and when something is done just to monetize an opportunity,” she added.
The Resident Evil movie franchise was based on a Japanese video game of the same title developed and published by Capcom. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is now available for digital downloads, DVD, and Blu-Ray.
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