Capcom announces that a third CG Resident Evil film is in the works called Resident Evil: Vendetta, that once again has Leon S. Kennedy in the starring role.
While most video game movies seem to flop, the Resident Evil film franchise has been a runaway success. Pulling in serious box office hauls despite its R-rating and bad reviews, each entry in the Resident Evil film series seems to try to outdo the last in terms of ridiculous action set-pieces and game-to-movie characters.
The live-action Resident Evil movies remain popular, and the final entry in that film series is expected to release later this year. However, those that are more interested in the video games should know that Capcom has also produced a couple of CG films that are actually canon to the game's story and universe. Those films are 2008's Resident Evil: Degeneration and 2012's Resident Evil: Damnation, and they will be followed up with 2017's upcoming Resident Evil: Vendetta.
Resident Evil: Vendetta will once again star Leon S. Kennedy as the primary protagonist, as he faces some unknown bio terrorist threat. The film is backed by a relative dream team of Japanese filmmakers, including those that have worked on such projects as The Grudge, Psycho Pass, and Ghost in the Shell.
The film will be released at some point in 2017, but otherwise, the only solid piece of information we have on it is that Leon will drive a Ducati XDiavel motorcycle during the movie's climax. This information was announced at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show by Ducati, and is the result of some sort of marketing deal between the motorcycle company and the animation studio working on the movie.
The previous Resident Evil CG films released to positive reviews, so here's hoping Resident Evil: Vendetta has similar luck. However, some hardcore Resident Evil fans may prefer to see the rumored Resident Evil 7 release next year instead of the Resident Evil: Vendetta CG film.
Those same fans may also not be too impressed with the upcoming Umbrella Corps multiplayer shooter, which some have complained is too much of a departure from the core Resident Evil gameplay. However, fans should rest assured that Capcom is not taking the 20th anniversary of Resident Evil lightly, and has even moved forward with developing the Resident Evil 2 remake game after much fan demand. Furthermore, this CG film likely won't cut into any of Capcom's resources or prevent them from making progress on actual Resident Evil games that the company has in the pipeline.
To that end, the fact that Resident Evil: Vendetta will share the same canon as the games should please fans. At this point, we have no idea when the Resident Evil: Vendetta film takes place, so it's possible that it could be set after the events of Resident Evil 6, and will serve as a segue into Resident Evil 7. After all, the first Resident Evil CG film actually served to introduce Resident Evil 5's evil Tricell corporation to the franchise, so perhaps Vendetta will be just as important to the franchise's ongoing story.
The film Resident Evil: Vendetta is due for release in 2017.