Resident Evil Reboot Could Become a TV Series Instead

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The planned Resident Evil reboot could make its way to television rather into theaters.

While at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend, Constantin Film executive Martin Moszkowicz confirmed the European film studio is still working on a reboot of Resident Evil. However, the focus may be shifting to television.

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"The main thing is to get it right creatively so people don’t think it’s more of the same," Moszkowicz told Variety. "That’s what it’s all about these days, a fresh, different approach."

Based on the Capcom video game series of the same name, Resident Evil launched in 2002 with a film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich. That adaptation spawned five sequels, all starring Jovovich, and all but 2004's Resident Evil: Apocalypse directed by Anderson. Collectively, the film series has grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide, with the final installment, 2016's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, becoming the highest earner with $312.2 million.

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Moszkowicz clarified that Jovovich and Anderson are not involved with the reboot. However, the husband-wife duo continues to work with Constantin and are in the middle of adapting another popular Capcom video game series for the big screen: Monster Hunter. The production is in the final stages of negotiation and tentatively budgeted at $60 million with principal photography, scheduled to begin in September in South Africa.

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