The untitled Resident Evil reboot, officially announced last year as the seventh installment in the action-horror movie franchise, is now being considered for a television series instead.
Speaking with Variety during the Cannes Film Festival this week, Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz confirmed that the creative team is still working on the project but there is a need to take things differently this time around. The episodic approach is just an option but one that is on the table for the time being.
”For us, the main thing is to get it right creatively so people don’t think it’s more of the same,” said Moszkowicz. “That’s what it’s all about these days, a fresh, different approach.”
While the creative need is definitely a reason for the untitled Resident Evil reboot to change course, it is actually the departure of two core members from the original team that has forced the production company to think outside the box.
Paul W. S. Anderson, who produced and wrote all six installments for Resident Evil to date — directing four of them in the process, has decided to call it a day. The titular actress Milla Jovovich (Alice) has parted ways with the franchise as well.
They both are still working together but now on the recently announced live-action Monster Hunter adaptation from the same production company.
“He [Paul W. S. Anderson] did six movies, earning $1.2 billion, 10 years of work; he felt it was time to move on,” noted Moszkowicz.
The untitled Resident Evil reboot, whether in the form of a movie or television series, remains without a release date. The upcoming Monster Hunter project also remains in the dark but should start leaking details since it clearly holds priority over the former.
Both Resident Evil and Monster Hunter are popular video game franchises owned by Capcom.