Since the film saga created by Paul W.S. Anderson and starred by Milla Jovovich ended with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), long expectations were surrounding what was going to be the destiny of the cinematographic horror based on the Resident Evil videogames. The announcement of the reboot of the saga opened all sorts of speculations, with producer James Wan expressing interest in the project, Greg Russo (writer of Mortal Kombat (2021)) developing an early script, and subsequently, Johannes Roberts being hired as both writer and director.
In the last months, much is being said about Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021), the new installment of the reborn saga. It was revealed that the new film will be an original story adaptation with faithful ties to the games, and will be set in 1998 on a fateful night in Raccoon City. Writer and director Johannes Roberts admitted the inspiration of John Carpenter‘s classics Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) and The Fog (1980) as these disparate group of characters coming together under siege, and called the movie to be “super, super scary“.
The official plot reads:
Once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, the townspeople are forever changed and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.
The cast for the reboot is formed by Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Neal McDonough as William Birkin, and Lily Gao as Ada Wong, all of them popular characters in the videogame series. Tom Hopper, Donal Logue, Avan Jogia, Marina Mazepa, Nathan Dales, and Janet Porter also star.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021) is Rated R for strong violence and gore, and language throughout. It is scheduled to be released on November 24, 2021, by Sony Pictures Releasing. Here you can watch its first official trailer.