Resident Evil, the film has an official title revealed by the director

Resident Evil, the film has an official title revealed by the director

Resident Evil

The Resident Evil film has an official title, revealed by director Johannes Roberts during the SXSW event: the film will be called Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

After the poster with characters and release date, the Resident Evil film therefore sees the addition of further details than those already known, which speak of an adaptation linked to the first two episodes of the Capcom survival horror series.

The film will feature the various Chris and Claire Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy and Jill Valentine, played respectively by Robbie Amell, Kaya Scodelario, Avan Jogia and Hannah John-Kamen.

Set in 1998, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will tell the events of a city besieged by zombies, and both the house of the original Resident Evil and the police station of the sequel will be present.

However, this is not the only project linked to the famous franchise, which will soon see the release also of a a television series and a CG film, both produced in collaboration with Netflix.


Resident Evil Reboot Will Be Heavily Inspired By John Carpenter

Announcing a Resident Evil reboot just months after the final installment in a six-film series that became the highest-grossing video game franchise in cinematic history hit theaters was a risky proposition, but the upcoming Welcome to Raccoon City is promising to be an altogether different beast from the sci-fi action horrors steered by Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich.

Over the course of fourteen years, Anderson and Jovovich’s Resident Evil drew tepid reviews from critics, but the box office numbers made it pretty clear that there was a huge appetite from fans to see more, even though the films didn’t stick particularly closely to the source material. Reinventing the property and sticking much closer to the atmospheric template set on consoles was the next logical step, and director Johannes Roberts has assembled a solid cast of veteran character actors and up and coming talents.

The September 3rd release date was locked in a while ago, but the official subtitle was only announced yesterday, and Roberts revealed some new information about his fresh spin on Resident Evil, and where he’s hoping to draw his inspiration.

“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.”

There’s far worse places to find inspiration for a tension-fueled exercise in horror than peak John Carpenter, who continues to exert his influence over the genre despite his decade-long sabbatical from directing. Refitting Resident Evil as a siege movie is an interesting notion, one that hopefully puts the characters at the forefront instead of simply relying on recognizable iconography and jump scares at the expense of the narrative.

Fans of the games will already be firmly on board for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, but the real challenge comes with enticing causal audiences that the reboot is worth their time and money.