Deadline has confirmed that Constantin Film’s Resident Evil reboot is set for release on September 3 during Labor Day weekend. The new live-action adaptation, which was helmed by up and coming director/writer Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down), will attempt to wash its hands clean of Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich’s long-running series of critically maligned films by introducing a new cast and story that will follow Capcom’s original survival horror classics more closely. While the filmmakers have remained mum on specific plot points, the reboot is expected to include at least of handful of events that transpired in Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2.
“With this film, I really wanted to go back to the original, first two games and the associated terrifying experience that I had when I first played them,” said director Johannes Roberts. “And at the same time, I’m telling the story of a tiny, dying American town that will seem both familiar and relevant to today’s audiences. “
“After a dozen games, six live action films and hundreds of pages of fanfiction, we felt compelled to go back to 1998 to explore the secrets that lay within the walls of the Spencer Mansion and hidden from Raccoon City,” added Constantin Film producer Robert Kulzer.
Constantin Film’s Resident Evil reboot stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell (Upload) as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper (The Umbrella Academy) as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap) as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone) as William Birkin. The casting has drawn plenty of criticism from fans who argue that the majority of these actors look nothing like their iconic S.T.A.R.S. counterparts.
That’s a wrap in Raccoon City. 🎬— Resident Evil (@ResidentEvil) December 28, 2020
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