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Resident Evil reboot gets title and draws from John Carpenter movies

March 23rd, 2021 by Marc Comments

Well, we finally have title for the Resident Evil movie reboot.

The new movie, from 47 Meters Down: Uncaged director Johannes Roberts will be called Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

The movie will adapt the first two games in the franchise and will feature characters from both games as well as both the Spencer Mansion and the Raccoon City Police Department locations. Tying in with the games further, the movie will take place in 1998 and will see Raccoon City overtaken by a zombie hoarde.

In a recent interview, Roberts said: “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 says he was inspired by John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog as far as the feel for Raccoon City goes: “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.”

While I have admitted several times – and will die on this hill – that I really enjoy Paul Anderson’s first Resident Evil movies, with the follow-ups becoming less and less, well, good as they went on, so I welcome another bite at the RE cherry and still believe that, if there’s one video game concept that can succeed as a movie, it’s Resident Evil, so fingers crossed on this one.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City arrives in theatres on September 3rd, 2021 and stars Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, Avan Jogia and Neal McDonough.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….