The Resident Evil franchise has been around for a long time in the form of computer games. But now, after more than a dozen titles released for the PC and various consoles, Resident Evil is finally returning to the big screen, this time in the form of an animated film. Sony and Fathom Events are teaming up for the movie which will be released in North America on June 19. The film will release to the international audience almost a month earlier on May 27.
It’s safe to say that the Resident Evil franchise has bounced back from the abyss. Resident Evil 6, a game released on PS4 was widely derided for not having that “Resident Evil feeling” while also having more action-oriented gameplay – something that fans of the series resented. The series soon returned to its roots, however, with the release of Resident Evil 7, which emphasizes horror elements more than action. If Resident Evil: Vendetta is any good, it’ll represent a tour de force for the franchise, and a staggering turnaround in its fortunes.
The events of Resident Evil: Vendetta are set in an anime universe and is the follow up the Resident Evil: Damnation which first hit the screens nearly a decade ago in 2008. The producers of the film say that they want to appeal to people who watch anime, but that they also want the experience to be grittier and scarier than previous films. The film itself will follow Leon S. Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers, played by Matt Mercer and Erin Cahill. However, we won’t get to see the actors themselves. Instead, their likeness will be depicted in 3D animated graphics using the latest technology. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this sort of thing in the movie industry. Heck, Star Wars: Rogue One made extensive use of computer-generated graphics to substitute for actors who had died since the original films of the 1970s and 1980s. Similar technology has been used in video games too. 2015’s Quantum Break saw the introduction of photorealistic actor faces in-game, marking a break for an industry which had, up until that point, made limited use of actor’s faces in facial animations.
Vendetta was originally announced back in 2015. But Sony and Fathom Events say that they will be giving hardcore fans the chance to preview the movie for one day only in the run up to full release. The movie itself is written by Makoto Fukami who wrote “Psycho-Pass, ” and the film is directed by Takashi Shimizu, the man responsible for creating the horror series, The Grudge.
At the same time as the animated movie, the team behind Resident Evil are also pushing their new live-action series dubbed The Final Chapter. The series has proven remarkably popular, generating more than $1 billion at the box office, far more than it cost to make.
On the video game side of things, the franchise is doing well too. According to estimates provided by Gamespot, Resident Evil 7 had shipped more than 3 million copies by January this year.