After Paul W.S. Anderson destroyed the prospects of a good Resident Evil movie series, director Johannes Roberts was given the task of rebooting the series with a new movie, due out this September. Roberts has said the new direction will remain faithful to the theme and aesthetics of the 1990’s games.
Now actor Tom Hopper, who’ll play Albert Wesker in the film, tells Collider.com:
“I think fans of the game will be happy, but at the same time, I think they should recognize that we want to make these characters as real and as grounded as possible… I feel like the Wesker in the game obviously has that [Agent] Smith from The Matrix type idea. I wanted him to be a bit more three-dimensional than that, and have a moral high ground. It’s not just as cut and dry as it is in the game. There’s an origin element to Wesker in this, and what he maybe was before he turned into the one we see in a lot of the games. But I think from an aesthetic point of view, I think the games really influence this well. It is an aesthetic that, certainly when we were shooting it, that I was like, ‘Man, it feels like the game.’ I’m really hoping that fans of the game take something nice away from it, that it’s the game plus more. Plus more of a depth to these characters.”
They’ve even created the iconic Spencer Mansion for the show. Hopper hypes up the surreal feeling of stepping into it:
“There’s been previous films and I was thinking, ‘How’s this one going to be different?’ The one thing that I’d been told by my team and everything is like, ‘This is like going back, it’s a whole new starter, and it’s one that’s going to try and hopefully please the fans of the game.’ When I started reading it, it really felt more like a script from a game, from one of the games. It felt immersive and it felt dirtier. It felt like Raccoon City was a grim place to be, and I immediately felt like it was a world that I related to more than anything. I’ve seen towns like this in America. That’s what excited me about it, that it felt relatable, I think. Even though you’ve got influence from the game, it felt like a relatable place to live.”
So far, everything looks above board. Apparent decent casting, director saying the right things and 1990’s CRT TVs…