Update: Just to clarify, this was an April Fool’s Day joke. All of you who stole this story and credited Screen Gems, serves you right.
Like them or not, the Resident Evil films are incredibly successful and after last year’s Afterlife broke every box office record set by its predecessors, Screen Games quickly began planning a fifth film. Today, the official title and logo for the film, dubbed Resident Evil: Begins was unveiled. The fifth film was originally thought to be a sequel to Afterlife, but it would seem Screen Gems has decided to go with the long-rumored reboot of the series. Begins was rumored to be a reboot of the entire film franchise, where it would possibly take the series back to its horror roots (something the gaming community has wanted the Resident Evil video games to do for quite some time), and now that’s been officially confirmed.
Begins takes us back to 1998 when it all started and before the events in first Resident Evil film. It stars Milla Jovovich as Alice, before she became a super-powered heroine alongside Sienna Guillory, who was confirmed last month to be reprising her role as Jill Valentine. For the first time in the series’ history Alice will not be the main character. Instead Begins will follow Ms. Valentine as she finds herself in the midst of the major viral outbreak caused by Umbrella. Not enough for you? Head past the break for more. The most surprising announcement is the possibility of a video game based on Resident Evil: Begins. Supposedly, the game will follow both Jill and Alice before the outbreak. As Jill, you’ll be tasked with slowing the spreading of the T-virus and as Alice your goal will be to try to reveal Umbrella and the illegal work they’ve been doing in the underground Hive facility. Jill and Alice’s paths never cross, well, not until the events in Apocalypse, so the game’s essentially telling two very different stories.
Resident Evil: Begins opens nationwide on September 14, 2012, in 3-D.