While no one was expecting a full film reboot of the “Resident Evil” franchise to actually happen, we will say that fans seem pretty eager to see what director Johannes Roberts has in store. “Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” takes it’s cues from the first two games in the franchise, and sure sounds like it’ll follow those story lines more closely than the Milla Jovovich films did.
In an interview with IGN, Roberts spoke about his vision for the reboot, and shared some first look images of the upcoming flick.
“This movie really had nothing to do with the previous franchise. This was all about returning to the games and creating a movie that was much more a horror movie than the sort of sci-fi action of the previous films. I was hugely influenced in particular by the remake of the second game and I really wanted to capture the atmosphere-drenched tone that it had. It was so cinematic. The previous movies were very bright and shiny whereas this movie was dark and grimy, entirely shot at night. It’s constantly raining and the town is shrouded in mist. … I was hugely influenced by movies like The Exorcist (and Exorcist 3!), Don’t Look Now, and The Shining. You can really feel the texture in this movie. Nothing in this town feels hi-tech. It feels dilapidated. I wanted Raccoon City to feel a bit like the town in Deer Hunter; a ghost town forgotten by the rest of the world. And the whole structure of the film was definitely very influenced by Assault on Precinct 13.”
“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” is set to open in the United States on November 24th, December 3rd in the UK, and November 25th in Australia.
We’ll let you know what else we hear about this and other news.