Johannes Roberts, director of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, is hoping he can adapt Resident Evil 4 next.
In an interview with SFX, Roberts said that a successful release of Raccoon City could lead to him making more RE movies in the future. In particular, he said he was "obsessed" with the fourth numbered entry in the survival-horror series. "I could very much see that becoming part of the next installment," he said. "There’s a lot of interesting lore and tiny details that we have brought into this movie, but would be amazing to expand on. There are characters that we didn’t use in this game that we would love to expand upon in the next movie."
Released in 2005, Resident Evil 4 followed the story of Leon S. Kennedy, a former Raccoon City police officer who previously was a lead character in the second game. Leon, now a federal agent, is dispatched to rural Spain to save the president's kidnapped daughter from an evil cult. The game garnered universal acclaim upon release for its pacing, atmosphere and action, and is today considered one of the best entries of the franchise. The game also turned Leon into a fan-favorite protagonist in the series. He will have a part in Welcome to Raccoon City, played by Avan Jogia.
"There’s also a different side of Resident Evil with Village and Resident Evil 7, where it’s a much darker, more horrific world," Roberts continued. "It would be great to look into that side of things as well. There’s definitely been conversations. We’ve really created some iconic characters with Chris, Claire, Wesker, and Leon. Hopefully, it’s the beginning of a whole new chapter."
Roberts also discussed the change that video game movies have gone through recently. "Over these last few years, there’s been a change in how computer-game adaptations are made and perceived, and about an audience that was going to see it," he said. "There was always the thought process that gamers don’t tend to come out to the cinema, and you need to appeal to other audiences. This movie’s concept is to be a scary, standalone movie that should really appeal to a broad audience. What was interesting was how seriously we can take the IP that it was based on."
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City hits theaters on Nov. 24.
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Source: SFX via GamesRadar
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