It’s a rough time for big and small-screen adaptations of video game characters. Specifically, video characters who are being adapted to film and TV by Constantin Film. The Resident Evil production company has offered updates on its current projects: ScreenGems’ Monster Hunterstarring Milla Jovovich, and the Netflix Resident Evilseries which was meant to start production in June.
In an interview with Deadline, Constantin Film chief Martin Moszkowicz revealed that the Milla Jovovich-led Monster Hunter movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson has been completed as Netflix’s Resident Evil series remains in limbo amid shutdowns due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The Resident Evil series, which was picked up by Netflix in January 2019, was set to begin shooting in June 2020. The series would tell new stories set in the Resident Evil universe established in the six films also led by Jovovich. Based on Capcom’s wildly popular video game series, the films were critically derided but box office successes, raking in $1.2 billion worldwide. The show’s production hub is based in South Africa and on-location prep work was scheduled to begin in April, but work has stalled as productions across the world have shut down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Moszkowicz said that Constantin is in discussions with the streamer over when to reschedule the series.
But despite the indefinite delays for the Resident Evil series, Constantin finished the work on Monster Hunter in time for its planned September 4, 2020 release. They are “delivering it this week” to Screen Gems, Moszkowicz said.
Monster Hunter is the only major release Screen Gems still has set for 2020, but with studios starting to push their tentpoles into 2021 as the coronavirus crisis wears on, it’s uncertain whether it will stay that way. Directed by master of trash Paul W.S. Anderson Alien vs. Predator, Death Race, Pompeii, Monster Hunter isn’t necessarily fated to be a box office bomb, but Screen Gems may want to play it safe with the action film, which stars Jovovich and Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa as monster hunters with giant swords, as the immediate future of the movie-going industry remains uncertain.
Yet another major project has been hit hard by the production shutdown that is plaguing Hollywood right now. Somewhat quietly, Constantine Film has been working on a Resident Evil show for Netflix, which was set to begin filming this summer. Unfortunately, for the time being, the adaptation of the wildly popular Capcom video game series is being left in limbo for an indefinite period of time.
According to a new report, nearly all of Constantine Film's projects have been shut down around the world, which includes Resident Evil. We first learned that the zombie-filled game was getting the small screen treatment last year. While updates have been few and far between, things were about to ramp up in a big way, with filming beginning in the coming months. Sadly, it could be a little longer before we see what Netflix has in store for us with this one. Head of Constantine Film, Martin Moszkowicz, had this to say.
'Our offices are pretty much closed with very, very few people working who are not necessary, so, accounting, basically... We had to shut down over 30 shows all together, mainly stuff done in Germany, and in Czech Republic and Romania.'
Based on what we had heard previously, pre-production was set to begin in April on the show, with the first episode set to consist of eight episodes. Filming was set to commence through October, which indicated we could be seeing the Resident Evil series debut sometime in mid-to-late 2021. Depending on how long the shutdown lasts, at the very least the show could be pushed to 2022. Though, it's not quite time to hit the panic button just yet.
Resident Evil, outside of the games, enjoyed a healthy life as a movie franchise. To date, across seven entries, the series grossed $1.2 billion at the global box office, making it the highest-grossing video game movie franchise ever. Interestingly enough, Constantine Film is also looking to produce a big screen reboot as well. It's unclear at this time if the Netflix series and the planned movie would exist in the same universe, but that would seem to make the most sense. Perhaps a situation where they could be viewed independently, but best viewed as a total package.
Originally launched in 1996, Resident Evil has proved to be an enduring staple of the video game industry. Across its various titles, which recently have included remasters of games like Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, the series has sold more than 95 million copies worldwide, becoming Capcom's best-selling video game series. Given that Hollywood has truly started to crack the code on video game adaptations, both critically and commercially, now may be the perfect time to revive Raccoon City and the T-Virus for modern audiences. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Deadline.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...