“Resident Evil” will be making a comeback, with Variety reporting a new reboot is on the way for the video game-derived film franchise.
According to Variety, “47 Meters Down” director Johannes Roberts has been tapped to reboot the franchise, which has earned an impressive $1.2 billion worldwide to become the highest-grossing film series based on a video game.
In the original six-film “Resident Evil” series, Milla Jovovich starred as Alice, killer of the undead of Raccoon City.
As Variety reports, the most recent “Resident Evil” flick — aptly subtitled “The Final Chapter” — grossed an impressive $312 million, $160 million of which came from theatregoers in China.
Despite starring in all six of the movies, Jovovich isn’t expected to appear in the reboot, which will head into production in 2019 with an all-new cast.
First, however, Roberts needs to wrap his “47 Meters Down” sequel, “47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter”, which is currently in production.
The news was met with excitement by fans on social media, many of whom hope that the new film hews closer to the video game than the previous movies did.