Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Resident Evil Movie Reboot - Part 2

I want to see a reboot of the Resident Evil films that follows closer to the characters and plotlines of the games. I see how it could be an epic Six Films saga (with two trilogies) like Star Wars. The first trilogy was outlined in the previous post. It was basically:
1st Film - 'Resident Evil' - based on the original Resident Evil game. STARS stumbled upon the Mansion and Umbrella's secrets.
2nd Film - 'RE: City of the Dead' - loosely based on RE2/RE3. Zombie outbreak in Raccoon City. After Raccoon Police Department (RPD) - last safe haven in the city - gets overrun by zombies, Jill leads a band of survivors (Leon, Claire, Sherry, Ada, Carlos, Mark, Jim, Yoko, Alyssa) to the clocktower where a rescue chopper awaits. But it gets blown up by Nemesis and they had to go to the sewers to find another way out. But Sherry got infected and to save her life, they had to go to Umbrella's secret underground labs.
3rd Film - RE: Umbrella Falls - loosely based on RE CVX/UC/DC. Claire gets captured and prisoned at an Umbrella facility at Siberia run by Alfred Ashford. Chris, Jill, Leon, Krauser and a paramilitary group raids the facility. Meanwhile, Wesker sneaks in to obtain Umbrella's data files. flashbacks to Wesker's past with Umbrella is revealed.

Got all that? Ok, let's move on.


Resident Evil Reboot - The Second Trilogy (Film 4, 5, 6) - Post-Umbrella Trilogy

RE: The Plague

New trilogy. Fresh storyline. What better way to start this second trilogy than making it based on the game that rejuvenated the franchise: Resident Evil 4.


When the President's daughter gets kidnapped, Leon (now working as US government agent) follows a trail of clues that leads him to a remote Spanish village. He discovers that the Spanish village is under the control of a cult group called Los Illiuminados that possess a mind controlling parasite called Las Plagas. They kidnapped the US president's daughter in order to infect her and use her to spread the parasite within the US government. The situation is further complicated with the involvement of Krauser (Leon's former comrade in the third movie) and Ada (from the second movie).


As mentioned in the previous post, I want each of the Resident Evil films to have their own distinctive style and tone. Resident Evil should be an atmospheric haunted house horror film, the sequel should be a multi-character post-apocalyptic survivor film, the third one should be have a tragic story element to it (Ashford's story, Wesker's story, Steve's story).The fourth one should be a solid action adventure film.

You have it all: Leon as the cool wisecracking hero, Ashley as the damsel in distress, Ada the sexy femme fatale, Luis as the memorable semi-sidekick, Krauser as the villain that's equally skilled as the hero, Salazar as the villain you love to hate and Saddler as the token cult leader that doesnt have much personality other than wanting to take over the world.

But most of those characters will only be revealed in the second half of the movie (the Castle and Island base setting). The first half of the movie should revolve around the 'buddy cop' relationship between Leon and Luis as they try to survive the crazy villagers. This half would feel more like 'Children of the Corn' or 'Wicker Man'. Once Leon meets the President's daughter and arrives at the Castle, the movie would turn more into an action adventure film ala Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom with giant troll-like creatures and crazy murderous villagers/cult. .

Bottom Line: The fourth movie should be based on the popular 'Resident Evil 4'. It'll start out as a more intense version of 'Wicker Man' with Leon and Luis follow clues to the whereabouts of the President's daughter and survive the onslaught of the Villagers. Things shift gear in the middle of the movie once Leon finds Ashley and it's all about finding an escape - only to be fall deeper into the conspiracy of the Los Illuminados.

RE: The Abyss

I love the globetrotting/time jumping story of 'Resident Evil: Revelations'. It was also nice to see the inner workings of the 'Bioterrosim Security Assessment Alliance' (BSAA). I also like the ship in the middle of the sea setting - it's something that I've always thought to be a perfect setting for an action/horror/zombie movie. And I'm pretty sure the guys behind Resident Evil games feel the same way (the original setting for RE3 was a Cruise ship; the setting for RE Gaiden, the first handheld RE game, was set in a cruise ship; Semi-FPS RE: Dead Aim was set in a cruise ship as well).


After the events of the previous film and another bioterrorist act on an island, several anti-bioterrorism groups were formed to combat the threat. The three notables ones were The Federal Bioterrorism Commission (FBC) under the American government; Terrasave - a human rights organization with Claire as a member; the non-govermental group called 'Bioterrosim Security Assessment Alliance' (BSAA) - founded by Chris and Jill. The story follows the two of them on a separate bioterrorism case - one in a seemingly abandoned ship in the middle of the mediterranean and the other on the snowy mountains in Finland. Both of them followed a trail of clues that uncover an international conspiracy involving the black market sales of BOWs, the corruption of the FBC, and the involvment of Umbrella's elusive founder Ozwell Spencer.


This entry to the film series would take on a political/action thriller genre. The threat of a global bioterrorism is the key theme here. Filled with conspiracies, backstabbings and dealings with powerful political figures - it is a Jason Bourne movie with zombies and tentacled monsters.

The film would lead up to a showdown between Chris, Jill, Wesker and Ozwell Spencer. Wesker would find out about his secret origin: he was the only surviving children of an experiment by Spencer to create a perfect race for a new world in which Spencer himself would be God. Wesker kills Spencer and makes it clear that he had the same God complex as well. Chris and Jill fights Wesker. Jill and Wesker plunge down a cliff....their bodies were never found.

Bottom Line: A globetrotting political thriller involving the fight against bioterrorism, uncovering the corruption of some of these anti-bioterrorism groups and the manhunt for Ozwell Spencer and Wesker.

RE: The Cradle of Life

And we have reached the epic conclusion of this six part saga. Everything that happened has led to this moment. Largely based on Resident Evil 5, the first half of this movie would definitely take inspirations from the film that inspired that game in first place: Black Hawk Down.


Chris is now a borderline alcoholic ever since the 'death' of Jill. He is assigned to Africa - now a hot bed for bioterrorism when guerilla groups got a hold of BOWs. He meets his sister Claire, working for TerraSave, who is helping out victims of bioterror attacks by guerrillas especially the orphans. Chris also partners with two young BSAA agents - Piers Nevans, the young idealistic agent who looks up to Chris as a hero, and Sheva Alomar, an orphan whose parents were killed by one of Umbrella's bio experiment 'accidents'.

All hell breaks lose when several US officials were captured by guerrilla rebels and Leon is sent to rescue them. Meanwhile, Chris, Claire, Sheva, Piers and other BSAA soldiers had to survive an African town plagued by a mind controlling parasitic outbreak - caused by the rebel guerillas.

Unsurprisingly, Wesker is behind all of this. He wants to spread the Uroboros Virus - the perfect virus that all the other virus/parasite research have been leading to - all over the world. Ada has now seen how far crazy Wesker has become and decides to fully help Leon.

Our heroes also discover a cavern where the plants containing the Progenitor virus in its pure form is discovered. This turns out to be where Spencer and colleagues found the virus that jumpstarted their viral research and the Umbrella corporation.

Jill turns out to be alive and is now a mind controlled assassin working for Wesker. Chris manages to snap her out of it and they both make a heroic sacrifice to destroy Wesker once and for all.

Chris and Jill die together heroically. Leon offers Ada to work with him as government agents but Ada refuses. She does hope that the next time they meet, it won't involve any monsters and guns. Piers and Sheva continues the fight against any bioterrorist threat - they are the new Chris and Jill of the BSAA.



Well there you have it! My idea for a Six Movie Resident Evil Reboot. In the meantime, check out the trailer for the new game that's coming out in October.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Resident Evil Movie Reboot - Part 1


Resident Evil is a Playstation game that was released back in 1996. Its emphasis on puzzle solving and ammo management rather than being a plain shooting game popularised a new type of game genre called Survival Horror. A series of sequels and spin-offs (that progressively got more cinematic and action oriented) were released since then with the newest game, Resident Evil 6 scheduled for this October. A movie partly based on the game was released in 2002 starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. Four subsequent sequels were made with the newest one scheduled to be released this September. Response from fans of the games have been mixed due to the films deviating too much from the game's storyline.

I kinda liked the first two films. The third one was crap. The fourth one was a bit of a guilty pleasure and the fifth one looks that way as well (i.e. hot kickass women with guns).

But I want Resident Evil to have a film reboot that's closer to game's storyline.

If It Was Up To Me Then Here's How I Would Do It

There are simply many Resident Evil games that have been released so to adopt every single one of them would proved to be daunting. Instead, we should look at the overall narrative structure of the game series (so far) and then break it down into several movies/chapters.

The story of Resident Evil can be divided into two major story arcs: Umbrella and Post-Umbrella.

The earlier games had Umbrella serving as the villain while the recent games had focused on various other factions that were trying to claim Umbrella's legacy (from terrorist groups to rival companies). Each arc could be done as a trilogy of films.

Thus, my proposed Resident Evil reboot film series would consist of SIX FILMS/TWO TRILOGIES not unlike the Star Wars saga.

And continuing the Star Wars analogy, the character ALBERT WESKER would be the Darth Vader figure of this series - the character with an arc that unifies the two trilogies. The first trilogy would chronicle his rise while the second trilogy would be about his fall.
Today, I will focus on the first three movies of this proposed Resident Evil film reboot. The latter three movies will be discussed in another post.

So enough 'structure' talk! Let's dive into my plot idea

You have now entered the world of Survival Horror...

The Umbrella Trilogy

'Resident Evil'

According to the games' chronology, the story starts at Resident Evil 0. But I prefer to ignore that event and just start the film reboot with the original game because it is much more iconic and the events of Resident Evil 0 can easily be inconsequentially ignored.


Largely based on the plot of the original game (and its brilliant looking Gamecube remake), a special SWAT type team called STARS (Special Tactics And Rescue Service) is deployed into the Arklay forest at the outskirts of Raccoon City to find their missing comrades when they disappeared while investigating a series of gruesome murders in the area. Not long, the team is ambushed by a pack of zombie dogs and were forced to take refuge in a mansion randomly found in the middle of the forest. The survivors (Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Barry Burton and team captain Albert Wesker) finds out that the mansion, of course, is filled with zombies and monsters.

The STARS would be separated and the movie would intercut between two storylines: Jill Valentine/Barry Burton and Chris Redfield/Rebecca Chambers. Wesker would be with Jill and Barry on the first half of the movie until something got them separated in which he then meet up with Chris for the second half of the movie. Wesker would then betray Chris and left him to fend against a BOW by himself - this is where we could lay the foundation for the personal animosity between those two characters.

Wesker would then go to the Tyrant lab and this is where he will subsequently fake his death in front of Jill and Barry. Characters like Richard, Forest and Enrico should make appearances as well. Richard would play the same self-sacrificing role from the game, Enrico would be the 'exposition man' of the movie and Forest...we need a cocky asshole type of character as an excuse for an awesome gory death scene.


A Resident Evil movie should be a classic haunted house movie where the setting is a character itself. It should take inspirations from movies like 'Alien' and 'The Shining' for the right tone and atmosphere. I also think that a Resident Evil movie should also take some cues from the recent Indonesian cult action movie, 'The Raid' in terms of the pacing - alternating between slow tensions and explosive actions. That would work well in a Resident Evil movie where 'monster battle' set pieces would be connected with intense 'what-lurks-on-the-corner-of-the-corridor' scenes.

And just like The Raid, these STARS guys should be equipped with lots of firepower in the beginning and are then forced to get their hands dirty fighting these monsters. I don't mean Chris Redfield Kung Fu-ing the, I meant that I want to see our heroes eventually use whatever object they can find in the mansion and use it as a weapon. This is of course the opposite of the games where you start with a handgun and work your way up once you start finding all these powerful weapons and ammos. That works in a game where it acts as mini rewards when you progress towards the end. It's the opposite for a movie - the more worse or desperate it gets, the higher the stakes and drama.

Bottom Line: The first movie of a Resident Evil reboot should be based on Resident Evil/REmake and takes inspiration from movies like Alien, The Shining and The Raid.

'RE: City of the Dead'

If Resident Evil is 'Alien' then the sequel should be 'Aliens'. If the first movie is a classic haunted house horror then the sequel is a post-apocalyptic survivor story featuring a diverse group of survivors. This one should be easier to get right as you can basically rip from every multi-character zombie stories from The Walking Dead to the Romero movies.


Loosely based on RE2 and RE3, there's a zombie outbreak in Raccoon City and it's up to Jill Valentine to lead a band of survivors out of the city while being pursued by a mysterious BioOrganic Weapon (BOW) called Nemesis. First half of movie will mostly set in the city where Jill tries to lead the band of survivors to the rescue choppers waiting for them. If you're familiar with the game then you'll know that Nemesis basically blows up that chopper. The second half takes our heroes underground and eventually into Umbrella's secret underground lab. Sherry's infection of the G-Virus would force our heroes to find a vaccine deep in Umbrella's lab where they will learn about Sherry's parents - Dr. William and Dr. Annette Birkin.

Yes, a G-virus William Birkin vs Nemesis would be epic.

So it's RE3-ish in the first half and RE2-ish in the second half.


Jill would be leading a band of diverse characters so getting an interesting dynamic between the characters would be important. JILL would be the leader who knows more about what's going on. LEON would be the young idealistic cop (a rookie but not his first day on the job) and act as the moral center of the group. Think Joseph Gordon Levitt's character in The Dark Knight Rises and you'll get the idea of what Leon's character would serve in this ensemble. CLAIRE would be the heart of the movie and she would have an interesting sister-like relationship with Jill and SHERRY. She would relatively be in the background during the first half but when the second half kicks in with Sherry getting infected with the G-Virus, Claire will step up and becomes one of the most heroic character in the movie.

CARLOS could serve as that pessimistic character in the vein of Hudson from 'Aliens'. But he gets a redeeming moment towards the end. Could either die or live. ADA would definitely be the mysterious wild card that occasionally butt heads with JILL. No one fully trust her but she doesn't mind because she's just joining the group as a means to an end. But she starts to open up a little when Leon actually shows genuine trust and affection for her. This makes her inevitable betrayal more heartbreaking because just as she gets humanized, the bitch stuck to her mission and hurt Leon's feelings.

We could cherry pick some characters from RE Outbreak to round up the group dynamics: Jim as the comic relief, Mark as the wise old guy and George as the everyman doctor. Alyssa the reporter and Yoko, mysterious Japanese girl with connection to Umbrella could also be featured.

Bottom line: The sequel should be a mash up of RE2/RE3 featuring Jill leading a band of survivors including fan favourites like Leon, Claire and Ada while being chased by Nemesis. What started as a simple mission to find rescue ends up being a mission to save a girl's life (Sherry) and uncover the secrets of Umbrella.

The final scene would be Ada meeting her boss....ALBERT WESKER. Would make a great cliffhanger that leads us to the third movie.

'RE: Umbrella Fall'


Loosely based on Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles and Code Veronica, it begins with Wesker being resurrected with enhanced strength at the end of the first movie. The first five to ten minutes would show his escape from the mansion.

Flashforward to an action sequence involving a raid at a secret Umbrella meeting by Leon and Claire. Claire gets captured and sent to a prison at the last Umbrella facility run by Alfred Ashford (grandson of one of the founders of Umbrella) at Siberia. CHRIS, JILL, LEON and KRAUSER an Anti-Umbrella military group raids the Siberian facility. In desperation, Umbrella releases its BOWs. In the middle of this chaos, Wesker takes the opportunity to sneak in and obtain Umbrella's data files.

So there would be three plotlines:

  • Claire and fellow prisoner Steve goes through Alfred's mansion and uncover his twisted secrets
  • Chris, Jill, Leon and Krauser in an action packed fight against BOWs
  • Albert Wesker snoops around while having occasional flashbacks of his friendship with Dr. William Birkin (Sherry's father) past with Umbrella.
Ending: Chris, Jill and Wesker defeats Alexia Ashford, Krauser is injured but meets Wesker and ally with him, Wesker gets all  Umbrella's data files, Umbrella falls.

Bottom line: The third movie that chronicles the fall of Umbrella would be an epic mashup of Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles, Code Veronica, DarkSide Chronicles, Wesker's Report.


As you can see, I believe that a film reboot of Resident Evil should follow closer (not exactly) to the plot and characters of the games. Each movie would also have different tone and scope.

The next three movies will focus on the fallout of Umbrella's fall and Wesker implementing his diabolical plan. I will talk about this in another post.

In the meantime, you can check out my casting suggestions for a Resident Evil movie back in 2007: Over Here and Here.



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jurassic Park IV


Jurassic Park is perhaps my favourite movie of all time. It managed to be both magical and terrifying. Unfortunately, it was followed by two sub par sequels (though the second one had cool characters like the hunter Roland Tembo played by the late Pete Postlethwaite). There have been many talks about the possibility of ‘Jurassic Park 4’ and Steven Spielberg even recently brought it up by saying that he’s considering it right after working on his Abraham Lincoln Biopic.

If It Was Up To Me Then Here's How I Would Do It.

I think the franchise needs to redeem itself after the sub-par sequels. Jurassic Park IV needs a fresh approach to make it exciting again. My answer is a 'Semi-Reboot'

Continuity wise, it would be set after the events of the previous three films. So there will be references to Isla Sorna, InGen, etc. However, the story would not be a direct sequel to the plot but it would retain the core theme of the series.

So what is a semi-reboot anyway? First of all, we need to identify the core theme/staple of 'Jurassic Park' - the idea/danger of Man playing God. Simple. Instead of messing around with that theme, we should find a new way of approaching the subject.

I have two ideas for a semi-reboot: Formula Changing or Mythology Expanding.

Formula Changing

Let's look at the ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise. Four movies in, the franchise was losing its steam so they moved the genre from ‘racing films’ to ‘action/heist films’ in the fifth entry. It still stuck to the core staple of the series: Fast cars.

If you break down the formula of JP into a simple line it would be 'People being chased by Dinosaurs on a tropical Island.' We're bored of that shit after three movies so we don't want another T-Rex chasing people in the jungle scenes. Let’s change the formula and set it somewhere else with a different type of dinosaurs that haven’t appeared in any of the JP movies


Think ‘Deep Blue Sea’ but with Icthyosaur, Plesiosaurs, Mosasaur, Liopleurodon, That Giant ass Shark, etc. It’ll rejuvenate the franchise while also stick to the core theme of JP. And it would also bring back that sense of wonder and terror found in the first movie.

But there is another idea which I think is much more cooler and it relates to the second type of semi-reboot.

Mythology Expanding

The promise of an expansion of the mythology was the main selling point of 'Bourne Legacy' (i.e. "Jason Bourne was just the tip of the iceberg"; "There was never just one"). 'Prometheus' was another film that expanded the mythology of the previous films by telling a completely different story. What I love about Prometheus was that, as much as I love Alien and Aliens, it made the plot of the Alien movies look insignificant compared to the whole Engineers-experimenting-with-life plot. And they spun that grander mythology from a simple desire to answer the mystery of the 'Space Jockeys' from 'Alien'.

I want an expansion of the mythology in Jurassic Park. I want a movie (or a series of movies) that tells us that the events in the Jurassic Park movies were just small parts of a larger story. I want a movie that says "You think you know everything about Jurassic Park but you don't know shit!"

My Jurassic Park IV

Remember the fat dude that betrayed InGen in the first movie? The fat dude that was trying to steal dinosaur embryos to give to a rival company but he got eaten by a Dilophosaurus. We never learn more about the rival company in the subsequent films. In the original novel, there was a company called BioSyn which was the rival of InGen so maybe they can appear in the new movie. But what they will be called in a new movie is not important. What is important is the possible implication of the existence of a rival company or companies wanting to do what InGen did.

Like I said earlier, Man playing God is the core theme of Jurassic Park. John Hammond was a misguided idealist with mostly good intentions but what if the power that Hammond wielded was in the hands of a crazy maniac? A crazy maniac who's not looking to resurrect dead dinosaurs for a theme park but to use Dinosaur DNA to mix with up with other animals to create some crazy monster superweapons or a perfect race (with him as God of course).

Bottom Line: Forget T-Rex chasing people in the jungle. Forget the friendly vegetarian dinosaurs. Forget John Hammond. Forget Jeff Godlblum (ok maybe not, I want Jeff Goldblum to appear again). Jurassic Park IV should be about some crazy evil genius fucker that's messing with genetics for nefarious purposes. InGen's genetic research have fallen into the wrong hands. Evil cult/terrorist/scientists are releasing their dino-like monsters into the public and it's up to our heroes to stop them.

It expands the mythology and universe of Jurassic Park by taking it to another direction. It also changes how you watch the first movie. That fat dude from the first movie was just a pawn in a larger global conspiracy. The new movie could open with a group of bad guys sneaking into Isla Nublar and retrieve the embryos that 'Newman' dropped.

Heck, you don't have to name the movie 'Jurassic Park IV'. I would call it something like Jurassic Park: Project Genesis or Jurassic Park: Rebirth. Even better, remove 'Jurassic Park' from the title - Project Rebirth/Project Genesis.


What do you think?

Monday, August 20, 2012

First post

I am not a Director.
I am not a Scriptwriter.

I love movies and just like a lot of you out there, I've had moments where I go "Wouldn't it be cool if..." or "If I were to make a movie then this is how I'm gonna do it".

I do that often to the point where I thought it would be a bit therapeutic for me if I create a little blog where I can just dump those movie ideas right here.

I'll try to post once a week (I'll try every Monday if I can because 'Movie Monday' has a nice ring to it).

I am not a Director.
I am not a Scriptwriter.

I'm currently a student doing a Masters degree in Psychology in London. I originally come from a small country called Brunei - an Oil economy based Islamic Sultanate. No, it's not in the Middle East. It's actually on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia (near Singapore and Malaysia).

I am not a Director.
I am not a Scriptwriter.

I've done some minor videos which you can find in my VimeoDailymotion and Youtube page. I did have a phase where I tried scriptwriting. And no, I never finished any script and no, I never published them. The most important thing I've learned about scriptwriting was that I'm not that good at it. Maybe writing a Treatment is the way to go.

I am not a Director.
I am not a Scriptwriter.

But I've wrote a lengthy seven chapters fanfiction/theory on my favourite show - LOST. You can read that here:

I also have a blog that I've now barely update. You can find it here: . Now I usually waste my time on Tumblr.

I used to write random things such as:

I am not a Director.
I am not a Scriptwriter.

But hopefully after reading this page, you'll know a little bit about who I really am.
First post coming soon. Hint: Dinosaurs.