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Constantin Film has confirmed that work is officially underway on a reboot of the Resident Evil movie franchise. Unlike Paul Anderson’s films (which had less to do about the games and more about his wife, Milla Jovovich), the reboot will take place in Raccoon City and attempt to faithfully adapt Capcom’s original survival-horror hits, Resident Evil (1996) and Resident Evil 2 (1998).

“With this film, I really wanted to go back to the original, first two games and the associated terrifying experience that I had when I first played them,” said director and screenwriter Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down). “And at the same time, I’m telling the story of a tiny, dying American town that will seem both familiar and relevant to today’s audiences.”

“After a dozen games, six live action films and hundreds of pages of fanfiction, we felt compelled to go back to 1998 to explore the secrets that lay within the walls of the Spencer Mansion and hidden from Raccoon City,” added Constantin Film producer Robert Kulzer.

The S.T.A.R.S. of the reboot have also been announced, but fans aren’t thrilled with some of the casting choices. Hannah John-Kamen (Jill Valentine) and Avan Jogia (Leon S. Kennedy) look nothing like their respective characters, they say.

“An exciting cast slips into the roles of the legendary characters: Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) plays Claire Redfield and Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and The Wasp) plays Jill Valentine,” a press release reads. “Robbie Amell (Upload) will play Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) will play Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) will appear as Leon S. Kennedy and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) as William Birkin.”

We would have liked to see Sienna Guillory in the Jill Valentine role again, as she did the character plenty of justice in 2004’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse. That film also had a surprisingly accurate version of Resident Evil 3’s stalker, Nemesis.

The Resident Evil reboot will be released in 2021.

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17 Comments

  1. Ah, yes, pick the mixed race actors to fulfill the now de facto diversity quota. This stuff doesn’t really bother me anymore, to be honest. As long as the actors are good. And both of them are, in my opinion. I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing more of Hannah John-Kamen 😍

    I think Ava will be able to look close to Leon aside from the hair color. Hannah, not so much.

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    The rest of the cast looks great. And Johannes Roberts has a pretty good track record of horror and thriller movies. So I actually feel pretty good about this one.

  2. Couple of people in Reddit have spotted one of the filming locations in Sudbury, Ontario. Ava has already posted pictures of himself gearing up for filming.

    This is at the intersection of Frood Rd and College St.

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  3. Local newspaper had a blurb about shooting taking place in another section of the city last week.

    [URL]https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/sudbury-photo-resident-evil-shooting-on-mountain-street[/URL]

  4. Moar set pics! Looks like filming starts today for the scene at the beginning of RE2?

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  5. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 22410, member: 180″]
    Moar set pics! Looks like filming starts today for the scene at the beginning of RE2?

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    Awesome!!!

  6. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 22477, member: 6″]
    I’m not sure a totally faithful adaptation of the games will work 100% in film form. It rarely does.
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    Super Mario Brothers was spot on. Also Mortal Kombat – totally bitchin’

  7. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 22478, member: 96″]
    Super Mario Brothers was spot on. Also Mortal Kombat – totally bitchin’
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    Mortal Kombat, for the longest time stood as the best film adaptation of a video game ever made.

  8. Even moar! Just posting the Reddit thread this time. A bystander also caught the filming Sunday night of the tanker truck crashing into Leon and Claire from the beginning of RE2, but I can’t find that one anymore.

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  9. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 22479, member: 6″]
    Mortal Kombat, for the longest time stood as the best film adaptation of a video game ever made.
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    Sure why not. Who doesn’t love Highlander as Raiden. One thing MK had for sure was a kick ass soundtrack for the day… I have it on the USB drive in my car…. “And now for a taste of things to come….”

  10. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 22752, member: 297″]
    Sure why not. Who doesn’t love Highlander as Raiden. One thing MK had for sure was a kick *** soundtrack for the day… I have it on the USB drive in my car…. “And now for a taste of things to come….”
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    I didn’t say it was a great movie. I simply said it stood as the best video game to film adaptation for quite some time. The bar for that is extremely low.

  11. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 22827, member: 6″]
    I didn’t say it was a great movie. I simply said it stood as the best video game to film adaptation for quite some time. The bar for that is extremely low.
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    I still think it holds up as one of the best. My only real issue with it was it not being violent enough in the least. Like is so often the case, this game that would have been rated ‘M’ from the ESRB back in the day should have equally been rated ‘R’ as a movie.

  12. I just really loved that the flashlights always made a “shwoosh” sound as they panned across the screen. And yeah, Highlander was awesome.

    Probably my favorite video game movie. It was just fun so long as you didn’t try to take it too seriously. Just like the game.

  13. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 22833, member: 180″]
    I still think it holds up as one of the best. My only real issue with it was it not being violent enough in the least. Like is so often the case, this game that would have been rated ‘M’ from the ESRB back in the day should have equally been rated ‘R’ as a movie.
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    And loose 90% of your target audience? You are now wrong though.

  14. [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 22936, member: 284″]
    And loose 90% of your target audience? You are now wrong though.
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    I don’t know if they’d lose that much but yeah, back then, R ratings we’re a heavy blow against available audiences. These days though, it could actually help, if done right.

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