Development: Resident Evil reboot and Infidel movie find directors; MTV reviving Celebrity Deathmatch
Presented by: Josh Weiss
Zombies, xenophobia, and celebrity-on-celebrity violence collide in our latest roundup of developments from the world of genre!
According to a report by Variety, the Resident Evil reboot at Constantin Film has found a writer/director in Johannes Roberts, the filmmaker known for horror fare like 47 Meters Down and Johannes Roberts.
The decision to reboot the billion-dollar franchise was announced in 2017, just one year after the sixth and final installment starring Milla Jovovich's central heroine, Alice. Based on the Capcom game series of the same name, all six Resident Evil movies were written by Paul W.S. Anderson, who directed the first and last ones.
Characters in both the games and movies must survive bloodthirsty zombies and other beasts created by experiments undertaken by the shady Umbrella Corporation. Since 2002, the film franchise has become known for its use of over-the-top gore and gun violence.
But Resident Evil isn't the only project to find a director. Per another Variety story, Hany Abu-Assad (The Mountain Between Us) will be helming TriStar's adaptation of Pornsak Pichetshote religious-based comic, Infidel.
Published by Image this year, the five-part comic follows a Muslim woman, who is tormented by spirits that become more powerful in the presence of xenophobia, a fear of strangers. The term is often evoked in stories touching on concerns over immigrants and foreigners.
The script for the movie will be penned by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, screenwriters known for genre projects like Ouija and Knowing.
Last on our list is the development that MTV Studios is bringing back Celebrity Deathmatch, writes The Hollywood Reporter. Ice Cube is on board as an executive producer and member of the voice cast.
The stop-motion animated series, created by Eric Fogel, ran for a total of six seasons and 93 episodes. Its main premise involved well-known stars and public figures killing one another (often in the most gruesome of ways) in a boxing ring. However, the third revival is still looking for a network home, as it will not air on MTV.
"We’re excited to grow our partnership with Ice Cube and Cube Vision to reimagine this fan favorite,” Chris McCarthy, MTV president, told THR. “Deathmatch was the meme before memes, remains a hot topic on social media, and will be a smart, funny way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today’s pop culture where it belongs — in the wrestling ring."
On the airwaves from 1998 - 2002 and then briefly revived from 2006 - 2007, Celebrity Deathmatch featured epic battles between Charles Manson and Marilyn Manson; Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky; Siskel and Ebert; and Ice Cube and Ice-T.
With Cardi B and Nicki Minaj's feud currently in full swing, we've already got fodder for the first episode of the reboot. The show practically writes itself!