Director Johannes Roberts has been stoking interest in another Resident Evil sequel movie, discussing the possibility of using elements from Resident Evil 4.

Johannes Roberts has been shrewdly taking a page out of the Denis Villeneuve playbook this week, in order to ensure he gets to make a follow-up to his upcoming movie Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City. Villeneuve of course, has spent the last few months drip-feeding information on what a Dune sequel would look like, persuading fans that might have been on the fence when it came to buying a cinema ticket to go and watch the film so they can enjoy the subsequent chapter.

It certainly worked for Dune, which now has a sequel officially greenlit, and Roberts is hoping it will have the same impact on his soon-to-release Resident Evil flick.

Roberts discussed in an interview with SFX how he’d like to bring in lore and plot from the popular fourth game in the series, whilst also eventually turning his attention to the more recent instalments, Resident Evil 7 and Village.

“Over these last few years, there’s been a change in how computer-game adaptations are made and perceived, and about an audience that was going to see it”, he explained to the magazine.

“There was always the thought process that gamers don’t tend to come out to the cinema, and you need to appeal to other audiences. This movie’s concept is to be a scary, standalone movie that should really appeal to a broad audience”.

The finest game in the series is arguably Resident Evil 4, and Roberts teases that “I could very much see that becoming part of the next installment. There’s a lot of interesting lore and tiny details that we have brought into this movie, but would be amazing to expand on. There are characters that we didn’t use in this game that we would love to expand upon in the next movie. There’s also a different side of Resident Evil with Village and Resident Evil 7, where it’s a much darker, more horrific world.”

Fans will be excited by the mention of those games, not least Resident Evil 4, which continues to be a series favourite for many. It does however, focus on the character of Leon S Kennedy, a character over whom Roberts has had to deal with fan backlash over the casting of Avan Jogia.

Still, with the film out in early December, Roberts and his collaborators will hopefully please everybody looking forward to the film, including those ardent fans of the games, and we can all look forward to his plans for the next film in the series.

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