Resident Evil producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi has revealed that he would like to see more action in the films as the franchise hits the reset button.
Last month we learned that Constantin Film and Screen Gems would be rebooting the film series which just released Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in January. Considering the sixth and final installment of the franchise featuring Milla Jovovich as Alice helped the series pass $1 billion at the global box office, it came as no great surprise that Sony would want to keep Resident Evil alive.
Producing the picture is The Conjuring and Aquaman director James Wan. Being that Wan’s roots are grounded in the horror genre, it would seem that the action-horror franchise could be taking a turn to lean closer to the horror genre itself as it continues, but in a recent interview with Collider to promote the upcoming theatrical and home release of Resident Evil: Vendetta, Kobayashi suggested that the new film won’t be pulling back on the action but could actually include more:
“I personally like Paul W.S. Anderson’s [direction] on the live-action [films]. Stuff like that, I would like to see more action.”
Kobayashi himself began as a programmer for Capcom on the original 1996 Playstation game, and has produced the live-action pictures as well as the animated films since. As for Anderson — writer of all six and director of four Resident Evil films — his involvement with the reboot still remains unknown but based on Kobayashi response when he was asked about how the new film will separate itself from the existing series, it doesn’t sound like Anderson will be at the helm:
“We will be getting a new director and also the cast members are going to change, too, but I’m looking forward to doing it.”
The script for the Resident Evil reboot has been penned by Greg Russo who also wrote the latest draft of the long in development Mortal Kombat reboot which Wan is producing as well. Michael Clear for Atomic Monster is also set to produce.
The Resident Evil reboot has not yet been dated for release. Resident Evil: Vendetta will be in select theaters for a special one-night event on June 19 followed by the Digital HD release on June 20th and the Blu-Ray and DVD release on July 18th.
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