The release of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, the upcoming reboot of the series of Resident Evil movies, has been pushed back by two months in order to avoid clashing with another major movie.
Variety states that it's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings that has caused Sony Pictures Releasing to reconsider its schedule and swerve the competition. It checks out, to be honest - there's a lot of hype for Marvel's Shang-Chi and a great number of people are going to be wary about going to crowded public places once the restrictions lift in their areas. As a result, moving the movie's release date means the box office score won't be too threatened by the latest entry to another popular franchise, and fans won't be too discouraged about going to see the movie in a cinema. Plus, the date has only been delayed by a month and a bit to November 24th. Everyone wins.
Except those poor souls in Raccoon City who will be fresh fish for the mutated humans that want to munch on their flesh. "In the once booming home of the pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town," read the description for the movie. "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." That's certainly one way to put it. "A small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night," concluded the description.
This group includes Claire Redfield (played by Kaya Scodelario), Chris Redfield (played by Robbie Amell), Jill Valentine (played by Hannah John Kamen), Leon Kennedy (played by Avan Jogia), Albert Wesker (played by Tom Hopper), and Dr. William Birkin (played by Neal McDonough). In fact, if you head over to Avan Jogia's TikTok account, he's published a few chatty TikToks while in costume in his Raccoon City Police Department uniform. Johannes Roberts is directing, and he's known for 47 Meters Down, The Other Side of the Door, and Forest of the Damned.
"The big thing for me on this movie is tone," said Roberts in a recent interview. "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." Well, settle in for a very spooky November.
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