Some encouraging news for loyal fans of the Resident Evil video games–the upcoming film adaptation will be a “scary movie” faithful to the gameplay.
According to writer/director Johannes Roberts, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City–which lands in theaters this Wednesday, Nov. 24–will truly embrace the horror aspects of the video games, as reported by comicbook.com.
“I’m a horror guy,” Roberts said during a recent interview. “I’m a Stephen King guy–a John Carpenter guy. All those things are sort of built into the fabric of this movie. I said, ‘Let’s make a scary movie again’.”
Specifically, the filmmaker said he was most inspired by Resident Evil 2. “I remember playing that second game,” he said. “I thought, ‘This the movie. This is it.’ It just blew me away completely–the aesthetics of it, the tone, the mood.” He added that he felt this game would be “the cornerstone of what we’re going to do.”
Roberts added that Raccoon City “sets up everything really well–an origin story for each of our characters. I think there’s so much in the games that is so fascinating that I would really love to continue to explore that.”
The Screen Gems film–which will not build off the previous Paul W.S. Anderson movies starring Milla Jovovich–is set in Raccoon City, once the home of the Umbrella Corporation, but now “a dying Midwestern town…a wasteland with great evil brewing below the surface.”
Raccoon City–rated R for strong violence, gore and language–stars Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Avan Jogia, Hannah John-Kamen, Tom Hopper, Neal McDonough, Donal Logue, Chad Rook, Lily Gao, Nathan Dale and Marina Mazepa.
The Resident Evil film franchise has–to date–been a box office giant, earning $1.2 billion worldwide on a combined budget of $288 million.
Keep reading Horror News Network for any last-minute updates on Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.