The planned cinematic reboot of Resident Evil has just signed on a new writer and director to bring back the popular video game adaptation to its horror roots.
Johannes Roberts, who previously directed and co-wrote last year's survival horror film 47 Meters Down, has joined by the Constantin Film production to reboot the film series after previous rumors that the franchise would be reimagined for television instead.
The filmmaker is currently at work directing and co-writing 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter, which is scheduled to be released on June 28. The upcoming reboot is expected to begin principal photography next year for a 2020 release.
A reboot of Resident Evil was first announced in May of last year, a little over a year after the last installment, 2016's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The film is expected to feature an entirely new cast though it is unknown if the film will revisit the story and characters introduced in the original 2002 film, go directly to the 1996 Capcom video game, or reboot the franchise with an all-new story and characters entirely.
Produced by James Wan (The Conjuring), the new Resident Evil is expected to open sometime in 2020.