Bloody Disgusting has confirmed that the Resident Evil franchise will be getting a slight reboot after the next film, Resident Evil 4: Afterlife. Tentatively titled Resident Evil Begins, the new project will take us away from the increasingly convoluted adventures of Milla Jovovich’s Alice, and will potentially retread the events of the first film by focusing on a military unit tasked with taking down a rampaging supercomputer, while also fighting off former-scientist zombies.
I’m honestly surprised that they were able to keep Jovovich in the series for so long, but I suppose being married to original Resident Evil director (and now writer/producer) Paul W.S. Anderson helped—not to mention that the series ended up being a great vanity franchise for Jovovich. As a fan of her ass-kicking since The Fifth Element, I’m glad to hear that the RE series will be moving on without Jovovich—if only because it will allow her to take on new projects that I’ll actually care about (even if they’re ultimately failures like Ultraviolet). It’s a win for the studio as well, because this reboot will surely be cheaper to produce than another Jovovich vehicle.
I’m not a total Resident Evil hater. I count the first film as one of the better video game film adaptations we’ve gotten, and I think it’s proof that Anderson may not deserve all the flack he gets. The series lost me when it moved further away from the game mythology, and turned Alice into a super-soldier that seemingly belonged in a different franchise. Hopefully, this quasi-reboot will tie the film series back into the games. While the game mythology is completely ridiculous and makes very little sense at times, it’s at least far more compelling than what we got with the Alice storyline.
Discuss: What are your thoughts on the Resident Evil franchise? Would you rather they continue with the Alice storyline, or try to reboot the series?