Though a fourth film based on Capcom’s Resident Evil series has already been greenlit, it seems Sony Screen Gems is planning to reboot the entire franchise with film number five.
Word of Sony’s intentions comes from horror flick fansite Bloody Disgusting, which says “Instead of moving forward with the ongoing story, the studio is planning a quasi-reboot, which is tentatively titled Resident Evil Begins. While it’s a long, long, long way off, the idea is to redo the story of a special military unit who fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.”
The reason Bloody Disgusting cites for Sony’s decision? Sexy zombie killer Milla Jovovich, who — though almost definitely a key reason for the franchise’s success so far — is “getting expensive and (increasingly) difficult to keep … onboard.”
With this in mind, let’s play a game called “you’re the head of Sony Screen Gems for a day.” You’ve got an obscene budget, tons of hyper-advanced CGI, and a blank slate to work with. How would you reboot the Resident Evil franchise?
Personally, I can think of only one way to do the series justice: Live action Tofu speed run.