While I normally am completely against remakes/reboots, especially ones being done so shortly after a franchise has ended, the Resident Evil reboot has become an exception to the rule, and for good reason...
...That's largely due to the fact that horror icon James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) is producing. Turns out though, there's even more to get excited about.
While sitting down with Discussing Film, the film's screenwriter, Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat reboot), revealed the following details:
Obviously I’m a huge fan of the franchise so to work on that was a lot of fun. And they’ve made six films before so when you come back to that and reboot it, you wanna do something different and not just rehash. For me it was very clear-cut that I wanted to go back and make it scary again like a horror film in terms of the classic James Wan style so that was the pitch, going back and looking what made the games scary in the first place so yeah Resident Evil 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft.”
Okay, so we learn three important facts from this: Russo is a fan of the franchise, he absolutely does NOT want to do what's already been done with the films, and he hopes to make it scary again by using arguably one of the scariest entries in the franchise as a touchstone, Resident Evil 7. Sounds to me like this film is in good hands.
Unfortunately for fans who love the cheesy action-oriented style of the previous franchise kicked off by Paul W.S. Anderson (Event Horizon), that does not sound like what we'll be getting this time around. But fortunately for the rest of us, we may finally get the frightening Resident Evil film we've always wanted.
By Matt Konopka