By: John M Jerva

We’ve got some good news, bad news today as Sony has released an official synopsis for its upcoming feature film reboot of Resident Evil but at the same time has pushed back the film’s release from September to November. This new entry is said to bring the franchise back to its origin roots and will be more moody, horror induced and atmospheric as opposed to the bombastic entries in director Paul W.S. Anderson’s films.

In the once booming home of the pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, the townspeople are forever…changed…and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.

The cast for the reboot includes Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner) as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell (Code 8) 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. It was also recently announced that newer cast additions included Donal Logue as Chief Brian Irons, Chad Rook as Richard Aiken, Lily Gao is Ada Wong, and Marina Mazepa is Lisa Trevor.

Director Johannes Roberts, who was the ringmaster behind this latest installment, talked about his creation and elaborated on bringing the franchise back to its roots.

“With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today’s audiences.”

Star Tom Hopper who stars as plays Albert Wesker, captain of the STARS police force who eventually becomes one of the biggest antagonists in the mythology also talked more on the reboot and how it felt like the games.

“I think fans of the game will be happy, but at the same time, I think they should recognize that we want to make these characters as real and as grounded as possible… I feel like the Wesker in the game obviously has that [Agent] Smith from The Matrix type idea. I wanted him to be a bit more three-dimensional than that, and have a moral high ground. It’s not just as cut and dry as it is in the game. There’s an origin element to Wesker in this, and what he maybe was before he turned into the one we see in a lot of the games. But I think from an aesthetic point of view, I think the games really influence this well. It is an aesthetic that, certainly when we were shooting it, that I was like, ‘Man, it feels like the game.’ I’m really hoping that fans of the game take something nice away from it, that it’s the game plus more. Plus more of a depth to these characters.” (Source: Collider- https://www.google.com/amp/s/collider.com/resident-evil-reboot-movie-wesker-tom-hooper-interview/amp/)

Sony has announced that the film will be delayed from its initial September 3rd launch and will now hit later in the year on November 24th.

Other Sources: Variety- https://variety.com/2021/film/news/sony-delays-resident-evil-release-date-1234941945/?fbclid=IwAR28D5P_GLdvg-lXRI9LdGWY8trPaO8fqosCw6O6GS0U-JEFWj8htorMXAM

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