Director Johannes Roberts says John Carpenter is his inspiration for the upcoming Resident Evil reboot, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.
Director Johannes Roberts has referenced John Carpenter as his inspiration for the upcoming Resident Evil reboot Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Past films of the Resident Evil franchise have grossed over $1 billion at the box office but have dealt with fan backlash for not following the video games’ storylines. James Wan was originally attached to Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, before it was announced that Roberts would direct. Set in Raccoon City in 1998, the film will be an “origin story” for the world of Resident Evil.
The original film series premiered in 2002 and was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich as Alice. While fans of the video games were not happy with the introduction of a completely new character as the star of the franchise, Jovovich returned to the series six times over two decades. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City aims to satisfy fans by sticking closer to the source material as it adapts the original two Resident Evil video games created by Capcom in the ’90s.
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According to Roberts in an interview with IGN, the reboot will focus more on the horror aspects of the original video game. While the previous Resident Evil franchise fell under the action-horror genre, the reboot aims to present the story as it was originally created. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will be a creepy survival horror film with recognizable characters and settings, including Spencer Mansion. When asked about his aesthetic for the film, Roberts has referenced horror legend John Carpenter. Roberts’ full comment can be read below:
“I’m a huge John Carpenter fan and I really took to that. The way he tells these claustrophobic siege movies and I took movies like Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog and these disparate group of characters coming together under siege, and I took that as my filmic inspiration.”
John Carpenter’s The Fog is a classic ghost story set in a haunting and eerie, haze-filled town. The dark mood set by the film’s pirate ghosts bent on revenge could be utilized in Robert’s reboot, setting the stage for the creepier aspects of Spencer Mansion. Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 offers a ensemble cast working together in claustrophobic spaces after being beset upon by a group of violent criminals. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City may see that influence in scenes that have characters working under siege in Raccoon City’s police station.
It is likely that this origin story return to the source material will be the first of many, as the Resident Evil series has shown itself to have staying power. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, to be released on September 3rd, 2021 from Sony Screen Gems, has the potential to win back fans of the game who were put off by Anderson’s action-centric interpretation. As long as Roberts delivers on his promise of making a film that is tonally cohesive with the original Resident Evil video game, new life could be breathed into the series.
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