Back in December of last year (seems like a lifetime ago) we reported on the Resident Evil reboot finally wrapping up filming and all we knew at the time was it was to be released sometime this year into theaters.

Reports are saying that Sony’s Screen Gems will release the movie on September 3, 2021. This will give the movie a nice long three day weekend. With Labor Day being that Monday.

Being a reboot, naturally, this film will have nothing to do with the previous six-film franchise, developed by Paul W. S. Anderson. This new Resident Evil is being written and directed by Johannes Roberts, who directed The Strangers sequel and a few other movies I’ve never heard of.

The reboot is going all the way back to its starting point of the first Resident Evil game. The story will take place back in good old 1998 in Raccoon City. Supposedly it’s going to deliver a more faithful adaptation by including characters from the games in more prominent roles. Hopefully, they won’t look like glorified cosplayers like the previous films.

As we posted before, Johannes Roberts had this to say:

“With this movie, 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 whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences,”

It should be noted that this movie has nothing to do with the live-action Resident Evil series that is being developed by Netflix. Last year the company announced they’d be working on an eight-episode series of Resident Evil. They too will be based on the video games. Constantin Film will be producing both the show and the movie.

The first Resident Evil game was released in 1996 but was based on the far-flung future of 1998. The game follows a special Ops team known as S.T.A.R.S. investigating a mansion in Raccoon City after contact with Bravo Team is lost. Needless to say, they find the place crawling with zombies and they have to fight their way through them. The series is still going strong, with Resident Evil Village set to be released in May.

The original movies hardly followed the games. In the later sequels, they started bringing in more characters from the games and as I said before, they looked like bad actors in cheap cosplay costumes. The movies were bad, but they raked in a lot of money in theaters.

We’ll have to wait and see about the reboot, hopefully, it can do justice to the games for fans.