I think this story is just old enough that many of our fans likely already know it; talks of a Resident Evil film franchise reboot have been circulating for a while, this time without our favorite director Paul W.S. Anderson behind the helm.
While that’s plenty of reason to be excited (especially since a known and renowned horror director is taking the reigns), it’s also probably not surprising at all to hear that Alice herself, Milla Jovovich, isn’t happy to hear about it.
What’s hilarious to me is that her statement about it is so undeniably tone-deaf that it’s almost satire.
“They’ve announced a reboot? Okay, well good luck with that,” she begins. She rants a bit about the “property” as a whole, which is really sterile-sounding, to be honest, then gets into what I find to be the funniest part of her statement.
“I would suggest that you find people that have that same passion for the property before you talk about reboots,” she cautions. “I think if you get into this kind of genre, people are very sensitive to fakes.”
Now, I think you guys know me by now. I’m a very candid and glib writer. I don’t pull punches when I write these articles, and I don’t sacrifice my tone and opinion in favor of the story.
So I truly mean it when I ask: what the fuck?
While the movies knew decent success as mind-numbing action flicks, there’s not a single person (other than apparently Milla herself) who are delusional enough to think that the Resident Evil movies are of the highest quality.
What the movies have in flash, they lack in substance. They excise much of the nuance and class of the franchise, while still attempting to cash in on the hype that the name affords them.
What she thinks is a harsh, sharp-tongued reprimand actually sounds like a child hurling its toys from the pram, angry that someone else is playing with a toy that it wants. A temper tantrum in full visibility, her comments end up saying far more about her and her hubby than they do about those attempting to bring the franchise back to life.
With her and Anderson out of the picture, and with 47 Meters Down director Johannes Roberts at the helm instead, I find myself tentatively hopeful that the upcoming movie will surprise us by being actually good.
I also hope that Milla cries herself to sleep when it out-performs her films.