Welcome To Raccoon City’, Zombies, Blood, Destruction
How much can a saga like Resident Evil give on screen? For now, Capcom’s video game franchise has resulted in six live action films, three animated films, a short film and two series for Netflix.
Director Johannes Roberts (At 47 meters, The Strangers) is now joining the expansion of this universe with a new live action reboot written and directed by him. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City takes us back to 1998, where the Spencer Mansion, the city of Raccoon City and the story of the T-Virus await us .
Sony just released the first trailer for the film to the tune of What’s Up ?, by 4 Non Blondes. The film will hit theaters on December 31:
In the absence of Milla Jovovich, the film will bring back old acquaintances from the first three games such as Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario), Leon S. Kennedy (Avan Jogia), Albert Wesker (Tom Hopper), Brad Vickers (Nathan Dales), Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen) and Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell). We will follow the protagonists after Claire’s return, while trying to find a way to finish off Umbrella and escape from that zombie-infested city.
“Every story has a beginning: discovering the origin of evil,” says a voice-over at the beginning of the preview and, judging by what we see later, this story is full of explosions, monstrous beings and blood splatters.
From the beginning
In an interview with IGN, the director explained why he wanted to recover the beginning of the video game saga. “I wanted to go back to the horror of it all. I wanted fear and atmosphere rather than pure action,” he said, “I think fans of the game felt the same way. They wanted to see iconic characters and locations, and feel like the movie was more in tune with it. the video game world of Resident Evil “
Roberts claimed that his team had worked closely with Capcom on production: “We got their blueprints for the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon Police Station to recreate them as perfectly as possible.”
If to all this we add that, according to the director, R esident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City draws on the first and third installments of The Exorcist, as well as Menace in the Shadow and The Shining, we are looking forward to seeing this new beginning of the franchise on the big screen.