The Resident Evil Reboot Finds A Director

The upcoming Resident Evil reboot has a director!

47 Meters Below director Johannes Roberts has been hired by Constantin Film to take the reins on the horror reboot, sources tell Variety. The reboot will ignore the Milla Jovovich series of films and instead try to follow the storyline of the popular video game series more closely.

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.” 

James Wan (The Conjuring, Aquaman) is set to produce the film. Resident Evil (バイオハザード, spelled Baiohazādo or simply Biohazard in Japan) is a survival horror game by Capcom and is the first game in the Resident Evil series. It was originally released in 1996 for the PlayStation and has been subsequently ported to the Sega Saturn and PC, then re-released twice on the PlayStation in the form of a Director’s Cut. A Game Boy Color version of Resident Evil was planned for release in 1999, but was later canceled by Capcom, citing that the port was of poor quality. Capcom later released a new game in the series for the platform titled Resident Evil Gaiden. In 2002, a remake of the game was released for the Nintendo GameCube featuring new graphics and voice acting among other significant changes. A Nintendo DS port of the original, with added modes and the subtitle Deadly Silence, was released in early 2006. 

While not the first survival horror game, its success propelled the genre to new heights of popularity and was the first game to coin the term.