• remind me tomorrow
  • remind me next week
  • never remind me
Subscribe to the ANN Newsletter • Wake up every Sunday to a curated list of ANN's most interesting posts of the week. read more

Live-Action Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Film Opens in Japan on January 28

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Film opens in U.S. on November 24

Sony Pictures revealed on Monday that it will release Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, the first live-action film reboot of CAPCOM's Resident Evil survival horror game franchise, in theaters in Japan on January 28. The film in Japan is titled Biohazard: Welcome to Racoon City.

The film will open in the United States on November 24, delayed from its originally scheduled September 3 release.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is set in the late 1990s with the following story introduction:

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 includes Kaya Scodelario (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.

Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) is writing and directing the film. The franchise's producer Robert Kulzer is returning for the project, and James Harris of Tea Shop Productions and Hartley Gorenstein are also producers. Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz and Victor Hadida from Davis Film are executive producers, and Alex Westmore and Colin Scully of Constantin Film are overseeing the film.

Sony Pictures' Screen Gems will distribute the film in the United States, while Constantin Film will handle distribution in German-speaking territories. Elevation will distribute the film in Canada, Metropolitan will distribute it in France, and Sony Pictures Releasing International will be in charge of "much of the remaining territories."

Entertainment industry news website Variety previously reported that the film will be the first of six in rebooting the franchise.

The franchise is also receiving a separate eight-episode live-action Netflix Original Series adaptation with Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead) directing the series at Constantin Film. Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) is writing the scripts. Hughes and Dabb are executive producers with Marry Leah Sutton and Constantin Film's Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben. Another separate CG anime series titled Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness exclusively streamed on Netflix on July 8.

Sources: Sony Pictures' channel, Famitsu.com

discuss this in the forum (1 post) |
bookmark/share with: short url

News homepage / archives