Resident Evil Welcome to Raccoon City, directed by British director Johannes Roberts, will adapt the first two Resident Evil games that were released back on the original PlayStation in 1996 and 1998. Those games start off the Raccoon City Incident story and take place over the course of two months, so the movie is likely to change things up a bit for the sake of time.
The film will star Kaya Scodelario (Claire Redfield), Robbie Amell (Chris Redfield), Hannah John-Kamen (Jill Valentine), Avan Jogia (Leon S. Kennedy), Tom Hopper (Albert Wesker), Lily Gao (Ada Wong), Neal McDonough (William Birkin), Donal Logue (Chief Irons), Chad Rook (Richard Aiken) and Marina Mazepa (Lisa Trevor).
We’ll admit that Resident Evil Welcome to Raccoon City is a lengthy and somewhat cumbersome title, but it differentiates the film reboot from the prior Resident Evil film franchise directed by Paul W. S. Anderson of Mortal Kombat (1995) fame.
In regard to those films, Johannes Roberts said to IGN that the previous movie was “… a totally separate story that is based on the roots of the game… —I fell in love with Milla Jovovich. That first film is a lot of fun… but it was a real pleasure to get the reins of a new franchise. I had never seen the horror and atmosphere of the games. What I felt when I was playing those games or watching from behind the shoulders of people playing games. I never felt it on the screen, and this is something I wanted to tell you about.”
What is the Raccoon City Incident?
The Raccoon City Incident was a fictional bio-organic weapon outbreak that occurred in the also-fictional Raccoon City. It involved attacks from zombies, lickers, G-Monsters and even giant mutant animals. At least two “Tyrant” class B.O.W. monsters were present, codenamed “Mr. X” and ”Nemesis”. Both were on missions for Umbrella.
It was an accident caused by lab rats infected with T-Virus and G-Virus that escaped from a secret Umbrella Corporation research facility called The NEST when Dr. William Birkin was apprehended trying to make a secret deal with the United States military.
The Raccoon City outbreak forms the basis of the storylines for Resident Evil 1, Resident Evil 2, and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, as well as the bedrock of the wider Resident Evil franchise that continues today.