The best Resident Evil film is apparently getting a sequel
A sequel to Resident Evil Welcome to Raccoon City is allegedly in the works, and it will be called The Umbrella Chronicles after the console lightgun shooter. The Welcome to Raccoon City sequel is reportedly scheduled to shoot in the same places as WTRC itself, despite the fact that the Capcom horror game series is seeing another resurgence owing to Resident Evil 4 and we are also anticipating the CGI picture Death Island. The 2021 movie was a nice break from the previous Resident Evil movies; if the sequel is even remotely comparable, that can only be a good thing. It drew heavily from RE2 Remake and the original Resident Evil game.
The town of Sudbury in Ontario, Canada served as the double for Raccoon City in the 2021 movie. Usually depicted as a teeming metropolis, WTRC reimagined the eponymous midwestern rust belt as a declining, post-industrial ghost town, where the T-Virus could spread unchecked thanks to poor living standards and an apathetic local government. It worked well – so well in fact, the Resident Evil series is apparently returning to Sudbury for the new movie.
Local news outlet Sudbury.com reports that “the Greater Sudbury area is receiving an $11 million [CAD, $8 million USD, £4.75 million] boost from the provincial government, whose Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation is helping fund 20 local projects.” Among these projects is apparently a film production called ‘Umbrella Chronicles,’ which you might remember as the console anthology game from 2007.
The report also mentions that the production company behind Umbrella Chronicles is “Raccoon HG Film Productions.” The project is apparently receiving a local grant of some $2 million CAD ($1.5 million USD, £1.2 million) although there are currently no details on when it may begin filming, who will star and direct, and whether it will follow the stories and vignettes from the Umbrella Chronicles game.
Nevertheless, Welcome to Raccoon City is the best Resident Evil film. As opposed to the Paul W. S. Anderson movies, WTRC really tries to work with the source material, mixing the recognizable imagery, characters, and moments from the games with the structure and style of a fun, 90-minute horror flick.
It’s well-paced, it has some good scares and good gore, and it succeeds in putting its own spin and perspective on Raccoon City itself, without compromising the original Capcom version. It’s far from perfect, but there’s enough good in WTRC to propel and build a sequel. I’m looking forward to this one. You can read the Sudbury.com report here.
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