The planned Resident Evil reboot will take the franchise back to its horror roots.
Based on the hit video game franchise, the original Resident Evil films became increasingly defined by their absurdly over-the-top action. In doing so, they left behind some of the games’ trademark horror elements. However, the upcoming reboot produced by James Wan (The Conjuring, Aquaman) will lean more into frightening imagery rather than just bonkers action.
Speaking with Discussing Film, screenwriter Greg Russo explained he wanted to return the series to the horror-based tone of the games. He specifically cited 2017’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard as an inspiration for his script.
Russo also spoke about the legacy the prior film series left behind. "Not to shame the original film franchise that was made, I think that did very well," he said. "When you create a fresh reboot and look at the over-the-top action of the Paul Anderson franchise, it was fun and really cool but at the end of the day, for me as a fan of the original game franchise I always considered the franchise to be horror at the forefront and action as a secondary feature. So it just made sense to go back to the horror roots.”
The writer also noted that his involvement with Resident Evil ended when he submitted his draft, "so I’m not sure what they’ll really do with it." Constantin Film executive Martin Moszkowicz suggested in May that the reboot could be destined for television rather than film.