Directors should be more candid. They don’t always have to be stuffy and business-like. A little bit of levity is appreciated now and then.
We don’t have to worry about that with Johannes Roberts, director of the upcoming Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. He’s more than happy to say it exactly how he feels about it.
This is evidenced by a recent interview Roberts had during SXSW, in which he talked about his plan, his inspirations, and how things panned out in his eyes.
The big thing for this movie is tone. The thing I loved about the games is they were just scary as hell and that is very much what I wanted, too. That atmosphere — it’s rain, it’s constantly dark, it’s creepy. Raccoon City is kind of this rotten character in the movie and that sort of atmosphere in the games I wanted to put in [the film].Johannes Roberts to IGN
In looking for something to strive towards for Resident Evil, Roberts looked to the films of John Carpenter. Surprisingly though, we’re not talking about The Thing or Halloween.
I’m a huge John Carpenter fan and I really took to that. The way he tells these claustrophobic siege movies and I took movies like Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog and these disparate group of characters coming together under siege, and I took that as my filmic inspiration.Johannes Roberts to IGN
He isn’t shy in talking about how well he thinks he nailed this approach, either. He’s not one to mince words, as it were.
We have two very separate locations but we split people off into their worlds. One is more of a siege movie style with the police station, and then you have the mansion which is creepy as f*ck.Johannes Roberts to IGN
Seeing Roberts excited about the upcoming reboot of the Resident Evil film universe is good news, especially given that he has actively sought after a more horror-based tone than his predecessors.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City‘s release has been moved back to November 24th, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news that comes out surrounding it.