Sadly, we’re in the time of delays. Many companies or teams still aren’t quite sure how to work in the conditions brought about by COVID-19. This leads to many products seeing a hefty delay.
Unfortunately, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is not immune to this curse though the reasoning this time around is a bit more savvy than worry.
Sony announced recently that the upcoming Resident Evil cinematic reboot would be seeing a delay of a couple of months, from September 3rd to November 24th. This isn’t as bad as some delays have been, but it isn’t what many fans would like to see.
Possible causes for the Resident Evil Delay
Some might point to this as a sign of bad news, but in reality, the decision is a business-smart one: Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is launching September 3rd. It’s not a lack of faith to avoid pitting your movie against really anything Marvel-related, even if it’s currently a bit of a deep cut.
The sensible thing to do was to delay it. October may have been the original hope, but November is probably safer. Rather than pit Resident Evil‘s return against the inevitable slew of horror fare (and subsequently having it become lost in a sea of the same genre), Sony decided to launch it the month after. This could also be a calculated move because usually Winter also is for major releases so this might be an extension of their faith in the movie.
While we still haven’t seen too much on the upcoming movie, we still have our hopes set high for it. Johannes Roberts clearly has faith in it, so we will too!