A Resident Evil reboot film is currently in development with writer-director Johannes Roberts, the man behind the shark thriller 47 Meters Down and its sequel, helming the project. However, according to the writers of A Quiet Place, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the project once crossed their desk.
Now, in an interview with ComicBook.com, Beck and Woods explained that while their interest in a Resident Evil film was short-lived, they had a possible idea of how to approach the project which includes taking inspiration from Sam Mendes’ 1917 and using a oner to tell a story in the zombie genre.
“There’s been a lot of stuff that’s crossed our desk. There’s been stuff where we’re like, ‘Oh wow, thanks for thinking of us. What an honour.’ But wasn’t the right thing,” Woods said. “I think the one thing that crossed our desk that we explored for a second and would be open to continuing to explore it, although I think they probably wouldn’t want to go in as outrageous of a direction as we would want to take it, I think they want to go in a more conventional direction, but Resident Evil is probably the one piece of IP that we were interested in that’s crossed our desk, just because we grew up with that first game. The first game was so cinematic and it was like the scariest thing. It almost felt scarier than any horror movie. We’d invite all of our friends over and one person would play the game. We’d all just watch as audience members and shriek anytime something scary happened.”
He added, “We thought the zombie genre has gotten so tired. We’ve just seen every iteration of zombies you could possibly imagine. So, how do you do something new? With Resident Evil, we were like, ‘Oh, maybe you could approach it like Sam Mendes approached 1917 and just do this insane, outrageous oner in the zombie genre with Resident Evil,’ which feels organic to Resident Evil because those games feel like one big piece of movement and sustained piece of suspense. That was the one thing that we toyed with for like, five seconds. But, outside of that, the thrill for us is just creating new ideas and new worlds.”
The upcoming Resident Evil reboot will reportedly re-tell the iconic story of Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City, but with a new spin of the characters’ origins and the original video game story. The film will star Kaya Scodelario (Crawl) as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell (Arrowverse) as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) as William Birkin.
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