Resident Evil reboot gets official title Welcome to Raccoon City as first plot details are confirmed

Amy West
·2-min read

From Digital Spy

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is the official title of the franchise's upcoming movie.

Speaking during a panel with IGN at SXSW, director Johannes Roberts revealed the name, as well as a few details surrounding the latest big-screen outing's plot, too.

Most notably, he said, it won't have "anything to do" with the Milla Jovovich-fronted series, which kicked off in the early 2000s.

Photo credit: Capcom
Photo credit: Capcom

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"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," Roberts said.

"It's not like I was presented something where we're remaking it. We're not. I fell in love with Milla Jovovich in the first films, I love that side of the Resident Evil world. But it was a real pleasure to be given the reigns to a new franchise, hopefully, that really is its own thing.

"I had never seen the terror and the atmosphere of the games. I'd never felt that on-screen, and I felt that was something I wanted to tell."

Photo credit: VALERIE MACON - Getty Images
Photo credit: VALERIE MACON - Getty Images

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With that mission statement in mind, Roberts explained how he set about creating the gloomy visuals he remembers from playing the video games, and how he knew his film would live and die on its "scary-as-hell" tone.

"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."

Scheduled to be released on September 3, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City stars Avan Jogia (Victorious), Tom Hopper (Umbrella Academy), Lily Gao (The Expanse), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy), Kaya Scodelario (Skins), Arrowverse actors Robbie Amell and Neal McDonough, and Ant-Man and the Wasp's Hannah John-Kamen.

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