James Wan is no longer producing the Resident Evil Reboot. The upcoming reboot of the big screen version of the popular zombie video game franchise entered development very shortly after the most recent movie, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, hit theaters last year. Not long after, it was revealed that Wan, the man behind The Conjuring franchise, had boarded as a producer. Unfortunately, that didn't last.
The prolific filmmaker has been making the rounds promoting his latest movie Aquaman. Aside from his work directing, James Wan produces, or at least flirts with producing, many other high-profile projects. During a recent interview, Wan was asked about the Resident Evil reboot and firmly confirmed that he's not involved anymore, while also explaining some of his larger frustrations with the fact that projects he's working on, or in some cases not working on, get announced before they're real. Here's what Wan had to say about it.
"I'm not doing that anymore. That has been dropped... They announce that I'm attached to a lot of stuff and a lot of them are not necessarily real. It's kind of annoying when things come and go, or things never came in the first place. I hate it when my projects get announced. It makes it seem like I'm attached to a lot of things when in fact I'm not necessarily doing so many things. A lot of my stuff just get announced and I don't want them to be announced but people love to announce them."
Despite James Wan's wishes, many projects he becomes attached to, or perhaps may just be flirting with behind the scenes, manage to make themselves known to the world. But in Hollywood, many movies are developed for long periods of time and go through several creative hands before actually getting made. It's understandable that Wan wouldn't want people thinking he's working on something that doesn't ultimately come to pass. Such is the case with Resident Evil.
While it may be a shame that one of best guys working in horror today won't be tackling the reboot, it's still happening. We recently learned that 47 Meters Down director Johannes Roberts has been tapped by Constantine Films to helm the new take on the franchise. Roberts will get to work on that once he wraps up the sequel, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged.
The previous draft of the reboot, which was penned by Greg Russo, will likely be thrown out in favor of whatever Johannes Roberts decides to do with it. While it may be a bummer that, for whatever reason, James Wan and the studio parted ways, it may work out in some respects. At the very least, it will give moviegoers a little more distance between the last movie in the Milla Jovovich led version of Resident Evil and the reboot, in whatever form it winds up taking. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news was first reported by Bloody Disgusting.