Pop Goes The News – A reboot of the Resident Evil movie franchise will be made in Ontario.
Cameras are scheduled to roll in Sudbury, roughly four hours north of Toronto, from mid-October to mid-December.
Director Johannes Roberts told ScreenRant last year the new Resident Evil will be more faithful to the spirit of the video games.
“It’s gonna be super scary. It’s super, super scary,” he said. “And it’s just getting back to the roots of the game … it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
The sixth movie, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, was released in 2016 – and the following year, plans for a reboot were announced.
“Well good luck with that,” star Milla Jovovich told ComicBook.com. “There’s some real fans in the sci-fi/action/horror world, and they’re not idiots. They can smell when something is done … just to monetize an opportunity.”
The franchise has grossed more than $1.2 billion U.S. worldwide.
Three of the films – Apocalypse (2004), Afterlife (2010) and Retribution (2012) were filmed in and around Toronto.
No casting details or title have been announced. The start of production has been in limbo due to the COVID-19 pandemic.