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George Romero’s Resident Evil Movie Script

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

george_romeroGeorge Romero, the guy behind most of the great Zombie movies, originally wrote a script for the movie portrayal of Resident Evil.

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Originally, Romero was set to write the theatrical version of Resident Evil, but there were conflicts of interest with the director.

EXT JILL’S APARTMENT MORNING

…JILL, heavily ARMED, in UNIFORM, wearing a beret that has an insignia… S.T.A.R.S. She rushes down the front path and jumps into A HUMMER with THREE OTHER TROOPERS on board. The vehicle pulls instantly away…

…leaving Chris, looking through the window, puzzled, angry, and very much wounded.

I was browsing through ZombieReportingCenter dot com and came across this article which led me to the script.  I remembered hearing from a friend that Romero was supposed to write or direct Resident Evil but I never read the script or knew anyone who had.

George Romero’s version of the movie starts out completely different.   It starts with some mishaps in a lab being watched through a video screen, then cuts to Chris Redfield feeding some eagles.  After seeing something that freaks him out Chris goes back to Jill Valentines apartment and gets in bed with her.  They talk about how alone they are and then eventually Jill wakes up before Chris because she gets a call from S.T.A.R.S and has to leave.

Oh, and there was something to do with a guy and horses somewhere in that sequence..

EXT   THE FOREST   MORNING

DEEP IN THE HEART OF THE MIST... THE HUMMER bounces over
non-roads and stops fifty yards from...

...A PAIR OF IRON GATES, each wrought with the letter "A".
Beyond, the shifting fog offers momentary glimpses of...
A MANSION.  Huge.  Like Xandau.  THE TROOPERS, amazed,
climb out and approach the gates.
It looks like they're still going to the Mansion!


A deep, animal SNARL comes from the woods.  The troopers
raise their weapons as they peer into the underbrush.  The
fog keeps sunlight from penetrating.  The forest is a maze
of dark shadows. Leaves flutter.  Limbs SNAP.  Then...

DARK SHAPES can be seen moving, circling.  A half-dozen
of them.  Maybe more.  Jill whips out a transmitter and
quickly types an access code.
It didn't take long for the suspense to start building up.
After this scene it goes to some more recognizable characters like Wesker and Barry Burton.Chris gets out of bed, Helicopters land outside on the street of Raccoon City and attempt to evacuate everybody.

Chris beats up some guards, saves a sheriff and goes to his. . farm? I guess the guy with the horses was running Chris’s farm for him.  The old guy’s laying on the ground dying next to three of the horses that are also dead.


Barry looks worried. His instincts are asking... "We might
need... 'help'".  Against what? We only see this in his eyes,
he says nothing as...

...Wesker leads the team through the woods, unaware of...

...CHRIS, following behind, crouching around trees and
bushes, not a trained commando, but comfortable with the
land, a natural warrior using ancestral instincts.

Chris makes his way through the woods and follows the S.T.A.R.S team members that just landed.  This is only about page 16 of the script, but so far it seems like it would have made a pretty decent movie.

Go over to the Movie Script Place and read the rest of the script.  I might finish reading it all and review it some point in the future but for right now I’ll leave that up to you guys.

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posted by johntash at 5:38 pm  

4 Comments

  1. I finished reading the script. It’s definitely awesome. Plant 42, the Sharks, Hunters, and even Tyrant are all in the movie. I think they really should have gone with Romero’s version. It would’ve made a lot of people happier

    Comment by johntash — January 9, 2008 @ 2:51 am

  2. Well I hope whatever idiot picked anderson’s script over this one got eaten by a zombie doberman. Romero’s films aren’t the best but who has done a better zombie flick then him. I badly wanted to see a resident evil film i’ve played all the games but when i saw andersons films they were laughable. Andersons girlfrend doing high kicks in flimsy outfits rubbish unrealistic zombies and some heavy metal music which does not make you feel like your watching a zombie flick GARBAGE now my life is ruined because i will never get to see the resident evil film i want to see unless Romero gets the chance to do his version and they change a few names so there is no copyright infringment but no its never gonna happen im just going to do it myself with a video camera and it would still be better than Anderson’s resident evil.

    Comment by JON THE DON — April 15, 2008 @ 3:05 am

  3. I read Romero’s version a few years ago and loved it. Ironically, one of the supposed reasons they didn’t go with Romero’s version is because capcom felt that fans would think it was too much of a departure from the games. Clearly they must not have read Anderson’s version very closely.

    Comment by Mark — April 8, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

  4. Thanks! Great site.

    Comment by John — January 1, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

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