First-look images of the Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City movie directed by Johannes Roberts have been revealed via IGN. As previously reported, the film is taking inspiration from the first two Resident Evil games and will not be connected to the previous Paul W.S. Anderson film saga. The Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City first-look images include the Spencer Mansion, Lisa Trevor from the original game, and myriad classic characters, including Albert Wesker, Richard Aiken, Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy, and Claire Redfield. Roberts told IGN, “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.” Lisa’s design in this film does seem to give us that kind of vibe — and she is intended as a “pivotal character” — so hopefully we’ll be in for some frights later this year.
Roberts further said that Welcome to Raccoon City is “hugely influenced in particular by the remake of the second game and I really wanted to capture the atmosphere-drenched tone that it had.” He compared it to “the town in Deer Hunter.” And of the large ensemble cast, he said that “each of the main characters carries huge importance to the narrative. They are not just cosplay characters who have the exact hair and costume of the characters.”
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City was previously slated for a September 3 release but was delayed to November 24 in the US and December 3 in the UK. If you haven’t seen it already, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, an animated series that takes place between Resident Evil 4 and 5, is available to watch exclusively on Netflix. Despite its flaws, there are some moments that may please Resident Evil fans. Are you excited for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City based on these first images, and if so, are you going to the cinema to watch it?