More than a couple of years ago, it baffled many fans to learn that the already concluded Resident Evil film franchise by Paul S.W. Anderson is being rebooted shortly after its six installments starring Milla Jovovich were finalized in 2016. However, many grew interested as the new production shared to be including an impressive cast of actors for the coming motion picture.
In that, there were a total of six actors already confirmed for the movie: Kaya Scoldelario (Claire Redfield), Robbie Amell (Chris Redfield), Hannah John-Kenman (Jill Valentine), Tom Hopper (Albert Wesker), Avan Jogia (Leon S. Kennedy), and Neal McDonough (William Birkin). Additionally, producer Robert Kulzer of the original six-film franchise shared to also be producing for the coming production as well.
Now as of recently, fans begin to question new information of the movie. Excitingly, Constantin Films announced the official title for the film, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Additionally, director Johannes Roberts when speaking to IGN at South by Southwest 2021 revealed that the project is not related to the previous Paul S.W. Anderson films.
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 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 continues in a separate discussion with IGN revealed that one of the main settings for the film, Spencer Mansion, is a real fright for viewers. He also spares his inspiration he took from John Carpenter tense and close experience this movie is to be.” We have two very separate locations but we split people off into their worlds. One is more of a siege movie style with the police station, and then you have the mansion which is creepy as f*ck.”
Roberts continues on, “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 these disparate group of characters coming together under siege, and I took that as my filmic inspiration.”
As for when the film is to arrive, Constantin Films back in December broke the news that a early September box office release is established for the motion picture. The details came to be following the announcement of filming being concluded in late December. You can read the full report by heading here.
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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City arrives to theaters on September 3, 2021.