Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City movie reboot Capcom Johannes Roberts

The title sounds cheesy and terrible, but the film can’t possibly be more ridiculous than what came before it: Director Johannes Roberts has revealed that his coming Resident Evil reboot film will be named Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. As the title suggests, and as previously reported, the movie will retell events from the original two PlayStation 1 games in the series. It is set in 1998 and will apparently include the Spencer Mansion and the Raccoon City Police Department station prominently.

Constantin Film is still attached to Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, but it is completely disconnected from the myriad Paul W.S. Anderson Resident Evil films. This is its own entity that Roberts intends to keep much closer to the spirit of the video games, which will definitely make Capcom fans happy. Chris Redfield, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Albert Wesker, Leon S. Kennedy, and William Birkin will all appear, among others.

Capcom has a lot more Resident Evil in store where that came from. In addition to the rumored Resident Evil Outrage game on Nintendo Switch and the coming Resident Evil Village on other platforms, Netflix also has two separate television series in development, one live-action about Wesker kids and the other CG-animated called Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness. Infinite Darkness is apparently canon with the games.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will come to theaters on Sept. 3, 2021.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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