Interesting news about the upcoming Resident Evil reboot film coming out of SXSW! Director Johannes Roberts has said that the movie will officially be titled Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.
According to IGN, Roberts also confirmed that the film will adapt the first two Resident Evil games, will include main characters from both titles, and will be set in 1998. In an interview, he noted that he wanted to emulate the scares and atmosphere of the games.
“The thing I loved about the games is they were just scary as hell and that is very much what I wanted,” Roberts told IGN. “That atmosphere—it’s rain, it’s constantly dark, it’s creepy. Raccoon City is kind of this rotten character in the movie, and that sort of atmosphere in the games I wanted to put in [my film].”
Another source of inspiration for Roberts was John Carpenter: “The way he tells these claustrophobic siege movies… I took movies like Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog, and these disparate groups of characters coming together under siege, and I took that as my filmic inspiration.”
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’s cast includes Kaya Scodelario (Crawl), Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror), Robbie Amell (The Babysitter), Tom Hopper (Black Sails), Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap), and Neal McDonough (1922). The film will unleash zombie mayhem on September 3rd, 2021.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)