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Movie Resident Evil - Reboot script by Greg Russo

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Greg Russo
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What else to say? I'm pretty sure everyone already know about this since it was announced last year. I read different reports about how Russo is still working on the script, or that he already finished it...

As a fan of original games, i am curious about the script or just hearing anything more about it, but i can't say that i am looking forward to the reboot if it's just gonna be same shit, but different day. Meaning, if this turns out to be more of a remake of 2002 film and we end up with another shitty action horror franchise, then **** it, this project can die for all i care. But if by some chance this script is much closer to the earlier games, maybe there is hope that this could turn out to be at least good enough and more faithful video game adaptation, and not someone's fan fiction bullshit (looking at you Mr. Anderson).

Even if the script is more like some of rejected scripts for the first film from 90's, i'd still prefer that over anything that's even slightly similar to Anderson's films. If you are curious about those scripts and what could have been made instead;

https://www.scriptdrive.org/index.p...n-b-mcelroy-early-possibly-january-1997.9408/
 
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Well, the little hope i had for this just about died. How difficult can it be to write a good RE script, specially since the story is so simple. Few people go into mansion and hidden labs and kill bunch of zombies and other monsters along the way. ****, even if they would skip right to the Raccoon City outbreak, i'm sure there is still a way to write a good script and include the plots and all characters from first three games in one film (who knows, maybe that was the plot of "Kevin Williamson's" rejected script from 2000).
 
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I mean, part of me wants to give Russo the benefit of the doubt since he was the latest of like five writers on that MK script, but it's still a huge red flag for me. It made Annihilation look good by comparison.
 
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Update;

https://discussingfilm.wordpress.co...ent-evil-reboot-exclusive-interview-part-two/

INTERVIEWER: How’s the progress with the ‘Resident Evil’ reboot?

GREG RUSSO: It’s good. I worked on the reboot for about a year and then Producer James Wan came in, my involvement on that project has kind of concluded, so I’m not sure what they’ll really do with it, I submitted my draft to the producers and they were happy with it and ultimately they’ll do what they will with the property but I’m currently not involved with that film.

INTERVIEWER: Was there any specific game that you tried to channel the most into your draft?

GREG RUSSO: Obviously I’m a huge fan of the franchise so to work on that was a lot of fun. And they’ve made six films before so when you come back to that and reboot it, you wanna do something different and not just rehash. For me it was very clear cut that I wanted to go back and make it scary again like a horror film in terms of the classic James Wan style so that was the pitch, going back and looking what made the games scary in the first place so yea Resident Evil 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft.

INTERVIEWER: That honestly makes a lot of sense, as with Resident Evil 7, they were going back to a lot of the horror roots where they had their action romps with 5 and 6.

GREG RUSSO: Yea, exactly, and not to shame the original film franchise that was made, I think that did very well, when you create a fresh reboot and look at the over the top action of the Paul Anderson franchise, it was fun and really cool but at the end of the day, for me as a fan of the original game franchise, I always considered the franchise to be horror at the forefront and action as a secondary feature. So it just made sense to go back to the horror roots.
 
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Interesting that he wanted to take it back to its horror roots. But that MK script has me taking what Russo says with a massive grain of salt.
 
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Looks like a new script will be written for this reboot;


https://variety.com/2018/film/news/resident-evil-reboot-writer-director-johannes-roberts-1203081290/

The “Resident Evil” reboot has found its writer and director.

“47 Meters Down” director Johannes Roberts has been hired by Constantin Film to take the reins on the horror reboot, sources tell Variety.


The revival of the franchise has been a high priority for Constantin ever since May 2017, when the reboot was announced. The franchise has cumulatively earned $1.2 billion worldwide to date and is notable for being the highest-grossing film series based on a video game.

Based on the classic video game, the franchise followed Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, as she fights not only the zombies terrorizing Raccoon City after an experiment gone wrong, but the evil Umbrella Corp., which is the cause of the disastrous state. The most recent “Resident Evil” film bowed in 2016 and grossed $312 million, including $160 million in China alone.

The reboot is expected to start production in 2019 with a new cast.

Roberts has quickly seen his star rise after directing “47 Meters Down” to a domestic box office gross of $44 million on a $5 million budget. He is currently in production on the sequel, “47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter.” Other credits include “Strangers: Prey at Night” and “The Other Side of the Door.” He is repped by CAA, Gotham Group, and Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman.
 
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