Director Johannes Roberts, who is helming the Resident Evil reboot has reveled some new details of the movie.
The Resident Evil director has confirmed that the title of the reboot will be Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. The movie will be adapting the storyline from both of the first two Resident Evil games. This making a strong assumption that we will get a taste of both the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City as a whole or at least the Raccoon City police department.
Roberts gave this information during an interview while taking part in this year’s virtual edition of SXSW. It has already been established that this new Resident Evil movie will play close to the games and take place in 1998.
Roberts also made it clear that this reboot will have no ties to the original Resident Evil movie franchise.
“Obviously, there is the Resident Evil [film] franchise and this movie doesn’t have anything to do with that. It’s a whole separate origin story based in the roots of the [RE game series] and the world of horror… We’re not [making a remake]. We’re going in a completely different [direction]… It was a real pleasure to be given the reins of a new franchise, hopefully, that really is its own thing.”
Roberts also talked about his love for the games and what inspired him.
“The thing I loved about the games is they were just scary as hell and that is very much what I wanted. 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 [the film].”
He also goes on to talk about being inspired by John Carpenter and his movies, making it clear he’s aiming for horror above all else.
“I’m a huge John Carpenter fan and I really took to that. The way he tells these claustrophobic siege movies and I took movies like Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog and this disparate group of characters coming together under siege, and I took that as my filmic inspiration.”
There’s been no footage yet shown for the movie, however we know the cast list, which includes Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy and Neal McDonough as William Birkin with Donal Logue playing Chief Irons.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is set for release later this year in theaters on September 9.