Back from the Grave: Resident Evil film reboot coming September 2021

Friday, February 5
Ciarán Mather

A new film reboot of the beloved sci-fi/horror videogame franchise Resident Evil is due to hit our screens later this year.

The series was previously preceded by six films starring Milla Jovovich as Alice, a character that did not appear in any of the games and was instead an original character created just for the films.

Milla portrayed Alice between 2002 and 2016, with four of them being directed by her husband, film-maker Paul W.S. Anderson (Event Horizon, Death Race).

Although financially successful, the films were not well-received by fans, who criticised their inaccuracy to the games' stories and the changes made to their favourite characters.

Milla is set to reunite with her husband for a new videogame adaptation, Monster Hunter, later this year.

The film's new cast was unveiled a few months ago, and will feature: Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Maze Runner), Neal McDonough (Minority Report, Band of Brothers), Hannah-John Kamen (The Stranger, Ant-Man and The Wasp), Donal Logue (Gotham, Sons of Anarchy), Robbie Amell (The Flash, VP), Avan Jorgia (Zombieland II, Ghost Wars) and Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy, Game of Thrones).

The first Resident Evil game was unveiled back in 1996 for the PlayStation console and is often regarded as one of the best horror games of all time.

Both the film and game series follow the efforts of a group of agents with a special forces organisation called STARS who try to combat a deadly virus accidentally unleashed by a corrupt pharmaceutical company, The Umbrella Corporation.

The virus turns people into flesh-hungry, zombie-like husks, while it turns animals and even insects into horrific, mutated versions of themselves.

Over the course of the events in the games, the agents are usually helped (but sometimes also hindered) by survivors caught in the outbreaks, such as college student Claire Redfield and rookie cop Leon Kennedy. 

The first four games of the series were well-received, but when Resident Evil 5 released back in 2009, many fans were critical of the series pursuing more action-based gameplay, compared to its traditional horror origins.

The same criticisms were levied towards its sequel, Resident Evil 6, when it was released in late 2012.

However, fans eventually got their wishes granted for a more faithful Resi game with 2017's Resident Evil VII: Biohazard, which was critically acclaimed for its harrowing story and tense, immersive gameplay.

A sequel to this game, Resident Evil VIII: Village, is also due for release sometime this year.

According to rumours, Village will be apparently be set in Romania and will feature vampires and werewolves, although many fans speculate that this will be explained through scientific means, as the series has never embraced the supernatural before.

Sadly, one of the voice/motion-capture actors involved in Village, Jeanette Maus, 39, recently passed away following an eight-month battle with cancer.

The rebooted Resident Evil film will be directed by Johannes Robert (47 Metres Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night) and will be released on September 3rd, 2021.

A live-action Netflix series based on the games is also currently in development, although it is unknown whether or not it will tie-in with the reboot.

It is hoped by many fans that this reboot will be more faithful to the games' story and lore.