Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is a reboot of the movies, a completely new saga that builds on the original video games. It has nothing to do with the film saga of Paul WS. Anderson, which starred in Milla Jovovich. Exclusively for IGN, the film crew has shared the first images, which have the characters as protagonists. Through these captures we can see old acquaintances such as Leon S. Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker or Lisa Trevor, among others.
As you can see, not all of them follow the design line of video games. Leon is not blonde and Jill has a haircut that does not resemble the Capcom series at all. At the end of the day it is a free adaptation, so there will be changes at all levels. In an interview with this media, Johannes Roberts, director and screenwriter, has given some clues about this project.
“This movie has nothing to do with the previous saga. This has to do with going back to video games and creating a movie that is more a terror movie than science fiction ”. In his words, he has been particularly influenced by the remake of the second game. “I wanted to capture the atmosphere, it was very cinematic.” The filmmaker affirms that The Exorcist has also been an important source of inspiration. “I wanted Racconn City to feel a bit like the city of The Deer Hunter, a ghost town forgotten by the world. The structure of the film follows the line set by Asalto a la comisaria del Distrito 13 ”.
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Why do the characters look different from their alter egos in games?
For Roberts, the difference between this film and the previous ones is that each character in Welcome to Raccoon City will have a great narrative load: “They are not simply cosplay protagonists who have the same haircut and costume as the characters”. He believes that it was crucial to find actors who were able to embody the characters with the required energy and soul. “I usually think that one of the huge mistakes of video game adaptations is that you cast someone who visually resembles the characters.” However, he explains, there is no attempt to offer the audience “what a film does better”, to create “three-dimensional characters with whom you can connect.”
Lisa Trevor, a character introduced in the first installment of the saga, will have an important role in the film. “He strikes me as both a haunting and strangely captivating character.”
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will premiere on December 30 in Spain.
Source | IGN