Resident Evil Reboot Cinema Release Date Announced

Credit: Constantin Film/Sony Pictures Entertainment

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Capcom’s popular game series Resident Evil, and Sony have just confirmed that their movie reboot is set for a cinema release on September 3rd 2021, reports.

The plot (and even the title) have so far been kept under wraps. However, given the character list the reboot promises to be far closer to the storyline of the first two games, beginning with the 1998 outbreak of the T-Virus in Raccoon City.

The movie franchise currently stands at six films, but although they have been extremely popular, up to now they haven’t been canon to the original game series in either content or continuity. They focused instead on original character Alice (Milla Jovovich) and her journey through a world populated by elements adapted from the game series, but distinct from it.

The new movie, written and directed by Johannes Roberts, will star Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell as sister and brother Claire and Chris Redfield. Also starring as more familiar characters from the games are Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, Lily Gao as Ada Wong, and Tom Hopper as head of the police STARS task force, Albert Wesker.

The games have been Capcom’s best selling franchise – in fact the all time best selling horror and zombie genre game series. Along with the $1 billion grossing film franchise, between them the Resident Evil components have totalled the most successful and highest grossing horror/zombie combo franchise of all time.

With remakes, platform-specific ports, spin offs and arcade editions, Capcom have produced seven major installments plus another 18 assorted Resident Evil versions. Another release, Resident Evil Village, is due out in May this year.

The new game will take advantage of the capabilities of the new Sony PS 5, with the first demo released on that platform just a few weeks ago. The full game will be available on all the usual platforms though.

The number of releases has been down to the great popularity of the games, which are credited with defining and popularising the survival-horror game genre. They are also credited with reviving the zombie in popular culture in films, graphic novels and tv shows.

Carolyn Hucker