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The Resident Evil reboot, slated to release this September, has gotten a little light shone on its plot and connection to the previous series of movies in a new interview.
Personally speaking, the cast looks like it will be the jewel in this reboot's crown. Hannah John-Kamen will play Jill Valentine, Avan Jogia will play Leon S. Kennedy, Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell will play Claire and Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper will play Albert Wesker and Neal McDonough will be playing Dr. William Birkin. Yet, this was about as much as we knew about the anticipated movie, as the production companies involved seemed to be keen on keeping the rumours under wraps. Fortunately, director Johannes Roberts - known for 47 Meters Down - has been forthcoming on his excitement to deliver a brand new interpretation of the classic horror experiences.
"The movie is very much an origin story for Resident Evil," he said at a panel at SXSW, revealing that the official title of the movie is Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. "It's an ensemble piece, and Raccoon City plays a big part and is a character in the movie. It's about this group of people all coming from different angles - some coming into town, some already having grown up in this town - meeting over this one fateful night." Expectedly, this means that the new movie isn't related to the ones from Paul W. S. Anderson. Some will be breathing a sigh of relief reading those words, because those movies dropped the original storyline of the games like a hot mutated potato.
Roberts in fact sought out the work of director John Carpenter to recreate the uneasy and volatile atmosphere of the games, as well as praising the achievements of the Resident Evil 2 remake. "The big thing for me on this movie is tone," he added. "It's raining constantly, it's dark, it's creepy... and then mixed with the sort of more fun side, especially with the first game, of what's round the corner, that kind of style of storytelling... That game came out and it just blew me away, and from that moment on I think we all knew where we were going with this movie because it was such a wonderful cinematic experience with the tone, the constant dark rain, that sort of aspect of the game. And I just took that and went, 'That's the world I want to work in.'"
Speaking of reboots and re-dos, the Resident Evil 4 remake is said to be simmering away on Capcom's back burner. However, a report claimed that the rumoured remake had to change hands because the developer wasn't pleased with the way that the project was unfolding. M-Two, the studio that worked on the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes, has been relegated in favour of its own Division 1 team. Intriguing, isn't it? Well, in any event, we likely won't hear any more about the possible project til Resident Evil Village releases, and that game arrives on May 7th.
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