The long awaited Resident Evil reboot film based off of the popular Japanese video game series has an official title! Director Johannes Roberts confirmed this in an interview with IGN during an SXSW online event. The film’s official title is Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Resident Evil will take the zombie franchise back to theaters, but with an entirely different origin story, as it will not follow Paul W.S. Anderson’s franchise. Instead, it will be a new entry point to the Resident Evil universe, and will tell the story of the zombie outbreak that happened in Raccoon City in 1998.
Although Resident Evil will differ from the original, fans will be thrilled to see many familiar characters from the first two games in the film. These include Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell), Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen), Albert Wesker (Tom Hopper), Leon S. Kennedy (Avan Jogia), Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario) and Ada Wong (Lily Gao).
As confirmed by Collider, along with the film, a new game of the main series titled Resident Evil Village will be coming out on May 7th. There are also two new TV shows currently in development. One is a CGI animated project called Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness which will be available to stream on Netflix later this year, while the second project is a live-action Resident Evil series focused on brand-new characters, also on Netflix. Both these series and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City are being produced by Constantin Film. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is currently slated for a theatrical release on September 3rd.