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Watch Us Read George Romero's Rejected Resident Evil Movie Script

by Tim Turi on Dec 04, 2015 at 08:55 AM

Update: That's a wrap on our script reading! Thanks to everyone who watched up live. For everyone else, we've added the YouTube archive to this story.

Original Story: We made a promise to the viewers and generous donors of our successful Extra Life 2015 livestream: To livestream a table reading of George A. Romero's rejected script for the first Resident Evil film. For the unaware, George A. Romero is grandfather of the modern zombie, responsible for seminal horror hits like Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Despite Romero's directorial legacy, Capcom removed him from the project. Former Capcom producer Yoshiki Okamoto (Final Fight, Street Fighter II), was quoted saying it "...wasn't good, so Romero was fired." That sounds like a ringing endorsement and excuse enough for the Game Informer crew to dive into a full, unabridged script reading. Live.

Some casual zombie movie fans may think the idea of Romero directing a Resident Evil is a slam dunk. Closer examination of the filmmaker's later credits, which includes clunkers like Survival of the Dead and Diary of the Dead, suggests Capcom may have made a good call going with Paul W. S. Anderson. Oh man, what are we in for? We're not satisfied wondering "what if" any longer, so be sure to tune in on Friday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. Central on Twitch or YouTube to see us live out the tale of Raccoon City's S.T.A.R.S. team like you've never seen it. The whole cast of characters is here, from Jill to Chris to Barry to Wesker. We'll be going into the script blind, never having read it before, so anything could happen.

For more on Romero and Resident Evil, watch the behind-the-scenes video below about his directorial role in the creation of a Resident Evil 2 commercial. At the 1:35 mark Romero discusses how he recognizes his influence in the Resident Evil game series.