47 Meters Down and The Stranger: Prey at Night director Johannes Roberts’ Resident Evil reboot’s official title is Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City and will adapt the first two games. And this morning, Roberts cites Master of Horror John Carpenter as a big inspiration. Specifically, Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog.
Roberts revealed at SXSW (via IGN): “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 this disparate group of characters coming together under siege, and I took that as my filmic inspiration.”
Kaya Scodelario stars as Claire Redfield with Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, and also Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine. Tom Hopper joins them as Albert Wesker with Neal McDonough as William Birkin, and Donal Logue as Chief Brian Irons. Chad Rook rounds out the cast as Richard Aiken with Lily Gao as Ada Wong, and Marina Mazepa as Lisa Trevor.
Roberts’ (47 Meters Down, Strangers: Prey at Night) reboot will be an official origin story. One with faithful ties to the games set in 1998 on a fateful night in Raccoon City.
Roberts says: “With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them. Whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences.”
Producer Robert Kulzer says: “After a dozen games, six live-action movies and hundreds of pages of fan fiction, we felt compelled to return to the year 1998, to explore the secrets hidden in the walls of the Spenser Mansion and Raccoon City.“
Kulzer will once again produce this new entry in the series along with James Harris, and Hartley Gorenstein. Martin Moszkowicz and Victor Hadida are executive producers and Alex Westmore and Colin Scully will oversee the project.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City hits theaters on September 9th. Netflix is also currently developing a live-action series and an animated series, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will be unleashed soon. Stay tuned!
The 2002 version starred Milla Jovovich and also Michelle Rodriguez as the leaders of a commando team who must break into “the hive,” a vast underground genetics laboratory operated by the powerful Umbrella Corporation. There, a deadly virus has been unleashed, killing the lab’s personnel and resurrecting them as the evil Un-dead. The team has just three hours to shut down the lab’s supercomputer and close the facility before the virus threatens to overrun the Earth.
Are you up for this Resident Evil reboot?