A 'Resident Evil' reboot based on the first two original games is coming to theaters in November.
Our beloved 'Resident Evil' film series is coming back to life through an upcoming reboot officially titled, 'Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.'
To be clear, the upcoming film is not connected to Milla Jovovich's film franchise. The reboot is based on the first and second games by Capcom. The film is directed by Johannes Roberts after James Wann left the project in 2018.
Roberts promises to bring back the terrifying tone and atmosphere of the original games. Recently, we got our first look photos of the film through IGN, and they indeed transport us back to the ghastly early days of the game.
Here is everything you need to know about 'Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City,' including release dates, plot, cast, and more.
'Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City' will release in US theaters on November 24, 2021, distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. The film is delayed from its original September 3 and September 9, 2021 schedule. It will be available for theatrical release only and won't be coming simultaneously to streaming platforms.
'Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City' sees a small group of survivors working together to uncover the truth behind the Umbrella Corporation, the giant pharmaceutical company that operates in Racoon City.
The company has turned the once-booming city into a wasteland and left behind an evil that eventually unleashed horrors on the residents of the city.
STARS member Chris Redfield gets dispatched to investigate the Spencer mansion. After he goes missing, his sister Claire comes searching for him.
Fans of the 'Resident evil' franchise know that the Umbrella Corporation has held countless experiments that gave rise to the undead. Director Roberts wanted to recreate the terrifying experience of the original games.
"I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them," Director Johannes Roberts told Deadline.
In a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director spoke about how much he wanted to bring the scary atmosphere of the games into this film.
"The big thing for me on this movie is tone. The thing that I loved with the games was they were just scary as hell, and that is very much what I wanted, that atmosphere. It's raining constantly, it's dark, it's creepy, Raccoon City is this rotten character, ... I wanted to put [that] in and mix it with the fun side, especially with the first game's around-the-corner style of storytelling. We had a lot of fun, down to the fixed-angle-playing that the first game had when we're in the Spencer Mansion."
In a more recent interview with IGN, Roberts revealed their efforts to make sure that the film will capture the feeling and the essence of the original games.
“I think fans of the game felt the same. They wanted to see the iconic characters and locations and feel that the movie was more in line with the Resident Evil game world so that’s really why we chose to go in that direction. We worked hand in hand with Capcom on this movie to the point that we actually got blueprints from them on the designs of the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon police station in order to recreate them as perfectly as we could. We even have the exact artwork up on the mansion walls. Capcom saw it for the first time the other day and was so happy and excited.”
The reboot will bring back some of our beloved characters from the franchise, including the Redfield siblings.
Kaya Scodelario will star as Claire Redfield, while Robbie Amell plays Chris Redfield. Chris is a member of STARS and is dispatched to investigate the Spencer Mansion. He goes missing, prompting Claire to look for him.
Hannah John-Kamen plays Jill Valentine, a member of STARS and Chris' partner. Avan Jogia joins the team as Leon S. Kennedy, a Raccoon Police Department (RPD) recruit who teams up with Claire.
Lily Gao plays mysterious spy Ada Wong, while Neal McDonough stars as William Birkin, one of the leaders of Umbrella's experiments.
To round the cast list, we have Donal Logue as Chief Brian Irons (the RPD's crazed chief of police), Chad Rook as Richard Aiken (Bravo Team's members who disappeared in the Arklay Mountains), and Marina Mazepa as Lisa Trevor (one of Umbrella's experiments).
There is no official trailer for 'Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City' yet, but it will likely arrive in the upcoming weeks in preparation for the November 2021 release date. We will update this space once the trailer is available.