Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021) will be an origin story for the franchise. It’s said to combine narrative threads from the original Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2. The film will take place in 1998. It will be split between two locations: the Raccoon City Police Station and the Spencer Mansion.
According to Roberts, the two locations will feel like they house entirely different films. The urban Raccoon City story will feel like a “claustrophobic John Carpenter siege film.” Roberts compared the urban environment to the film Assault on Precinct 13. Meanwhile, the Spencer Mansion, which is located on Raccoon City’s outskirts will feel more like your standard creepy haunted house film.
The Spencer Mansion was the first game’s primary setting. It featured S.T.A.R.S agents Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine exploring the origins of the T-virus that transforms humans into zombies. Meanwhile, the second game focused on Chris’ sister, Claire Redfield, and Leon Kennedy, a rookie cop from the Raccoon City Police Department. From Roberts’ comments, it sounds like the film will faithfully adapt both of those narratives.
There might be some elements drawn from the Resident Evil 2 remake that released in 2019. During an interview, Roberts called it the “template” for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. It’s unclear what elements he will pull from it.