Johannes Roberts on Horror Reboot of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City [Exclusive Interview]

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City from Johannes Roberts

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City from Johannes Roberts

After six films in the Resident Evil franchise, no doubt its success with more than $1.2 billion at the box office marks the highest-grossing film series based on a video game with director Paul W.S. Anderson and actress Milla Jovovich.

With director Johannes Roberts, he respected the previous series, but a reboot of the series with Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is needed to bring back the franchise into its true horror mode. Not to mention, Roberts wanted the horror adaptation to closely follow the horror elements and plotlines of the Capcom video game series.

The film stars Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales, The Maze Runner), Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Men and the Wasp, Ready Player One), Robbie Amell (Upload, The DUFF), Tom Hopper (Black Sails, Game of Thrones), Avan Jogia (Zombieland: Double Tap, Shaft), Donal Logue (Blade, Gotham), and Neal McDonough (Minority Report, Captain America: The First Avenger).

Here is the official synopsis:

Set in the once-booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.

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Johannes Roberts made his feature film directorial debut with the fantasy film Alice in 2002. Since 2004, he directed many indie horror films, including Alice, Darkhunters, Forest of the Damned, and F. He entered the mainstream horror genre in 2012 with Storage 24 and never looked back as one of the most demanded directors for these types of movies. He proceeded to direct The Other Side of the Door, 47 Meters Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is in theaters nationwide tomorrow.

Watch the exclusive interview with Johannes Roberts below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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