While it seems like Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has concluded the story of Milla Jovovich’s Alice, Constantin Films has recently announced that they plan on rebooting the franchise, which has earned approximately $1.2 billion worldwide.
Jovovich, who was surprised by the reboot’s announcement, offered some advice for filmmakers looking to resurrect the zombie-laden franchise in an interview with ComicBook.com:
“I think a lot of people with these franchises kind of put the cart before the horse. 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.”
Inspired by the survival-horror video game of the same name, Resident Evil is set in a future where the Umbrella Corporation, a bioengineering pharmaceutical company, has triggered a zombie apocalypse using the T-virus. There have been six films in the franchise since the original Resident Evil released in 2002, with Jovovich starring as Alice, a former security operative for Umbrella who turns against the corporation, in all of them.
No director or cast for the reboot has been announced.
Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose, Iain Glen and Shawn Roberts. The film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.