Despite their commercial success, the “Resident Evil” films haven’t gone down well with fans for their seeming refusal to actually adapt any of the games. The franchise ended in January 2017 following the release of the abysmal “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” and talks of a reboot started nearly immediately.
This seemed to stall for a while until 2020, when we suddenly got a burst of news, including the announcement of British horror director Johannes Roberts taking the helm on a reboot. A cast of characters were announced in October and it was confirmed that the film will adapt the first two games, as opposed to just one.
Leaked set photos have since confirmed that the Raccoon Police Department does feature in the movie, and it's all to play for.
In a wider sense, video game movies have, at best, a spotty reputation when it comes to their successful transition to the big screen. A huge part of what makes a game feel atmospheric comes from putting you in the driver’s seat, as opposed to the more passive viewing experience of watching a movie.
For Resident Evil to work, this film needs to do many things differently to what came before, alongside focusing on a handful of specifics.
I'm Jamie, I am a writer and filmmaker based in Essex, UK. My key interests are in film and TV, particularly horror and comedy. I've published several short stories and hoping to publish a novel soon. Specialist subjects include Resident Evil, horror movies and Doctor Who.