Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City was released in 2021 and followed the source material of the games much closer than the Paul W.S. Anderson movies. The movie combined the stories of Resident Evil 1 and 2, although the end result was a cluttered film where neither game’s story shined.
The creators of the movie, Raccoon HG Film Productions, are looking to not repeat the same mistake as the next movie, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, will focus on retelling the story of a single game and looks to be a prequel to the Welcome to Raccoon City.
Here is what we know about the upcoming Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles movie.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, not to be confused with the 2007 Nintendo Wii game of the same name, will follow the events of Resident Evil 0.
The synopsis for Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles was revealed in Production Weekly issue 1344 from April 2023 and it revealed that the game will closely follow the events of the 2002 GameCube game that served as a prequel to Resident Evil 1 and will star Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen.
“STARS operative Rebecca Chambers and former Marine Billy Coen venture through a train that eventually takes them into a derelict training facility. Once within the facility, they discover they are being stalked by James Marcus, a co-founder of the Umbrella Corporation and creator of the T-Virus, who has managed to resurrect himself with the aid of leech test subjects. After a confrontation, Marcus mutates into a monstrosity, but is subdued by the duo. Chambers and Coen escape as the facility self-destructs.”
Fans of the series will remember that the game saw the pair trapped on a zombie-filled train before making their way to an Umbrella facility and uncovering the early origins of the T-Virus outbreak.
The game ended up with the falsely accused murderer Billy Coen leaving the Arklay Mountains hoping to evade law enforcement. It was confirmed that Billy Coen survived the aftermath of Resident Evil 0. There have been many rumors throughout the years about his fate, including that he was Nemesis, and that he met his demise during the downfall of Raccoon City in Resident Evil 3. Billy was considered to star in Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, but the writers decided to pair up the iconic Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield for the first time since Resident Evil 2.
Rebecca Chambers ended up embroiled in the events of Resident Evil 1 in the Spencer Mansion when she met up with S.T.A.R.S Alpha Team member Chris Redfield.
Despite being based on Resident Evil 1 and 2, Rebecca Chambers wasn’t featured in Welcome to Raccoon City, making this her live-action movie debut. The character has previously appeared in the animated Resident Evil: Vendetta movie and is set to star in the upcoming Resident Evil: Death Island animated movie alongside Chris Redfield, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Leon S. Kennedy.
Rebecca Chambers has always been pushed aside in favor of other characters, having only appeared in Resident Evil 0, 1, and The Umbrella Chronicles game. It was revealed in later years that the series creator Shinji Mikami didn’t like the character and it is likely the reason why she is rarely seen.
As of right now, there is no release date for Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.