Alongside the franchise’s iconic games, Resident Evil‘s animated movies are a series staple. From Biohazard 4D-Executer in 2000 to 2008’s Resident Evil: Degeneration, Capcom has consistently released movie after movie dedicated to the series’ original storyline. Now, another computer-generated film is well on its way. This one’s called Resident Evil: Vendetta, according to Kotaku.
Officially revealed during 2016’s Tokyo Game Show, the movie plans to star franchise characters Rebecca Chambers, Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy. Resident Evil 1 is the main inspiration for the movie’s setting, although more information is yet to be announced.
GameSpot notes that Resident Evil: Vendetta will feature Psycho-Pass writer Makoto Fukami, a welcome change to the movie line-up. Capcom is also bringing on Ju-on and The Grudge series director Takashi Shimizu as the project’s executive producer, with Bushido Man‘s Takanori Tsujimoto directing. Resident Evil: Degeneration and Damnation producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi is also returning to produce for the film.
According to images released by Capcom, Resident Evil: Vendetta seems to be going for more of an anime feel. Of course, it makes sense for the film series to reinvent itself: Fukami’s presence is a strong indicator that Capcom is interested in shaking up their approach to the computer-generated series. Plus, Resident Evil VII: Biohazard, which was originally unveiled at E3 2016, seems to be returning to the series’ roots with a slow, tense and deeply disturbing game design. Gone are the zombie hordes of earlier titles; psychological horror is the main drive behind Resident Evil VII. And if VII is any indicator, then Capcom seems interested in bringing on brand new approaches to the iconic franchise
Resident Evil: Vendetta will launch spring 2017 in Japan. As of yet, there’s no news on a North American release. Fans speculate that more information will be revealed as Tokyo Game Show continues, but nothing has been confirmed for certain. So in the meantime, stay tuned to see where Capcom’s latest CG film takes the Resident Evil franchise.