Greg Russo, the screenwriter for the rebooted Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat movies, has spoken to Discussing Film and revealed that his script for Resident Evil has been influenced by Resident Evil 7 rather than the explosion packed action games that preceded it.
“Obviously I’m a huge fan of the franchise so to work on that was a lot of fun,” said Greg. “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.”
“It just made sense to go back to the horror roots,” he concludes.
One benefit of a haunted house style movie is they are relatively cheap, and although the cost of previous movies have been tiny compared to the likes of a Marvel film, they have been steadily increasing and a cheaper movie to relaunch the franchise would be just what the studio is looking for.