Capcom consulted with the crew of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City to recreate Spencer Mansion and Racoon City’s Police Station accurately.
The crew of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City went to painstaking lengths to recreate the Spencer Mansion and the Raccoon City Police Department as accurately as possible. This November, a new era of the Resident Evil franchise will begin on the big screen, with director Johannes Roberts helming the new feature. Resident Evil has already had a prosperous life on the big screen, with Milla Jovovich starring in six films based on the video games from 2002 to 2016. All together, Jovovich’s Resident Evil films earned more than $1 billion at the box office, but they had their fair share of detractors, including diehard fans who felt that the movies didn’t do justice to the games.
Welcome to Raccoon City is looking to change all of that. The cast and crew have touted the new film as extremely accurate to the game, from its moody horror atmosphere to its plot, which will directly adapt the first two games in the iconic horror-survival franchise. It will also bring to life some of the franchise’s most iconic characters, including Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario), Chris Redfield (Robbie Amell), Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen), and Leon S. Kennedy (Avan Jogia). Welcome to Raccoon City will go even further than the characters and the atmosphere of the film, though.
In an interview with IGN, Roberts revealed the extent to which they tried to accurately translate the game to live-action. The director revealed that they worked closely with Capcom to ensure accuracy, going so far as to get the original blueprints for both Spencer Mansion and the police station. Down to the art on the walls, everything was rendered like it was in the original game and when people from Capcom saw it, they were stunned.
We worked hand in hand with Capcom on this movie to the point that we actually got blueprints from them on the designs of the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon police station in order to recreate them as perfectly as we could. We even have the exact artwork up on the mansion walls. Capcom saw it for the first time the other day and was so happy and excited.
Still, with a few months to go before the movie hits theaters, audiences can expect even more photos and eventually a trailer to roll out. Whether or not it will face anymore delays remains to be seen – the rise of the Delta variant of Covid-19 has many wondering if the slate of highly anticipated fall films could face further delays, but, either way, when Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City finally does hit theaters, it will hopefully give both newcomers and longtime fans a perfect adaptation of the beloved game.
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