Did You Know: George Romero Was the Original 'Resident Evil' Writer/Director?

Did You Know: George Romero Was the Original 'Resident Evil' Writer/Director?

Aug 23, 2011

"Romero's script wasn't good, so Romero was fired," is not something you'd expect to hear about the zombie maestro -- particularly in 1999 when the director hadn't made a living dead flick since Day of the Dead, and he was still a god that could do no wrong. That same year, Sony and Capcom gave the green light for a Resident Evil movie, with George Romero as writer/director. He had directed commercials for the video game series the previous year (see below), so this was familiar territory for him. Romero planned on ending his film similar to the game, and would have put Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine front and center. Capcom had other ideas.

In an interview with DGA Magazine, Romero shared his thoughts about the break up. "Resident Evil was a project with a German company. There are two sides to every coin, but I don't think they were into the spirit of the video game and wanted to make it more of a war movie, something heavier than I thought it should be. So I think they just never liked my script," he revealed. Romero's storyline focused on the virus outbreak in Raccoon City and also included characters Barry Burton, Rebecca Chambers, Ada Wong and Albert Wesker. Capcom believed his adaptation strayed just far enough from the game story to piss off fans. Once booted from the project, Urban Legend director Jamie Blanks and Blade director Steve Norrington were amongst those rumored to direct. Instead, Capcom hired Paul W.S. Anderson the following year, and the rest as they say is history.

Would you want to see an installment of Resident Evil from the famed zombie director, or has Anderson done the game justice in your eyes?


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