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Resident Evil was an unfilmed script written by the British film writer Greg Russo. The project would later go on to become Resident Evil Welcome To Raccoon City, using an unrelated script from Johannes Roberts.

History[]

Following the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Constantin Film greenlit a new film which would reboot the franchise. By May 2017 they had reached a deal to work with Atomic Monster, with the film to be produced by James Wan and Michael Clear alongside Constantin's own Robert Kulzer. At the same time, Greg Russo was contracted to write the script.[1] Russo worked on the script for approximately one year, conceiving of a narrative sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard which would continue the lives of Ethan and Mia Winters following their experience with Eveline.[2][3]

Constantin was unconvinced of the viability of the project, deeming the game too recent for them to reliably profit from it as its own financial success was not yet determined.[3] In an interview Russo gave to Polygon, Constantin at one point offered a number of alterations to the draft, including the inclusion of a time travel subplot[4] By the second half of 2018 Constantin began exploring other options for the film. Russo himself was not contacted to redraft, which he later confirmed in a November interview.[5] By December, it was confirmed that Atomic Monster was no longer involved in the film, with Wan going on to complain about his involvement in it being prematurely announced.[6] Constantin soon began working with Johannes Roberts, a move which was confirmed the same month.[7]

Sources[]

  1. ‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script. Deadline (May 22, 2017). Retrieved on 2022-01-21.
  2. Tweet by Greg Russo: So I was quoted recently as saying RE7 was a "touchstone" for my draft. That really means tone. SCARY. ISOLATED. ALONE. But it got me thinking, so let's do this: Resident Evil core (numbered) games ranked. I'm thinking....

    1-4-7-2-0-3-5-6.
    I'm standing by it. Agree? Disagree?
  3. 3.0 3.1 @WriterRusso (Jan 20, 2022). What I can tell you is it followed RE7 into RE8. Basically Ethan, Mia, Zoe, Eveline, etc. But there was uncertainty at the time as to how RE7 was going to perform. This was early 2017. In hindsight, it performed really well. Idk. Would have been fun. 🤷‍♂️.
  4. Mortal Kombat screenwriter Greg Russo can and should brag about his Gamerscore. Polygon (Apr 21, 2021). Retrieved on 2021-07-29.
  5. Greg Russo Talks ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot (Exclusive Interview Part Two). Discussing Film. Retrieved on 2018-11-24.
  6. James Wan No Longer Producing ‘Resident Evil’ [Exclusive]. Bloody Disgusting (December 17, 2018).
  7. Justin Kroll (DECEMBER 5, 2018). ‘Resident Evil’ Reboot Finds Writer, Director in ’47 Meters Down’ Filmmaker (EXCLUSIVE). Variety. Retrieved on 2018-12-17.
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