A new live-action Resident Evil movie is reportedly in the works from the same production company that brought us the 2021 movie, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. The last movie was adapted from the first two Resident Evil games from Capcom, merging both the Spencer Mansion and RCPD stories into one feature. It featured most of the recognisable faces from the franchise including Leon, Jill, Claire, Chris, Wesker and more.
As spotted by a Reddit user, the next live-action Resident Evil movie is currently dubbed as “Umbrella Chronicles”, though it’s anyone’s guess if the title is related to the on-rails PS3 and Nintendo Wii game of the same name. It’s also unknown if this will be a new adaptation or continue the storyline from Welcome to Raccoon City featuring the same cast.
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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City attempted to more faithfully adapt the first two Resident Evil games into a 90-minute live-action movie, promising a much more accurate depiction of the characters and events than the Milla Jovovich-starring franchise. Unfortunately it ended up bombing with both fans and critics, scoring a 30% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 87 reviews and a 5.2/10 on IMDB.
The general consensus from most fans was that the movie, while more faithful in tone and style to the games, simply lacked the strong characterisation or tension of its source material. Criticism was also pointed at its over-stuffed plot that tried to cram two games worth of story into a very short run time. The result was an adaptation that was boring and somehow less exciting than the previous live-action movies.
The movie’s box office performance wasn’t all that impressive either, ending its international run with $42 million earned on a budget of $25 million. That’s hardly the success story that Sony Pictures wanted to immediately greenlight a sequel, though stranger things have happened.