I know we kinda already covered this before, but as more photos have come out I think it should be highlighted on its own. From what we’ve seen of other sets and shooting locations for the new Resident Evil movie reboot, there hasn’t been a whole lot to say other than “that sure is a sign that says Raccoon City” or “I guess that’s meant to be the mansion?”, but the still-under-construction facade for the R.P.D. main entrance is looking… incredible.
Seen people talking about how this might be the RPD entrance, so I decided to do a little side-by-side.
It's the RPD entrance. No doubt in my mind. pic.twitter.com/9wh9HbZNMD
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I’m just… shocked at how much effort is being put into capturing this iconic location. Admittedly, it’s most likely because it’s become so much more recognizable thanks to the new remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3, but god damn. Even still missing the sign/s and light fixtures, both the main doors and the gated arch are instantly recognizable. I’m impressed as hell, and it makes me incredibly hopeful to see game-accurate versions of other locations and (even more hopefully) costumes as well.
The previous six films, while they made a general effort to nail costumes and creatures (for the most part), never really put much effort into locations. To be fair, we never really visit locations from the games in the original Resident Evil films. The only times we ever get to see places from the games they’re either so heavily modified they’re basically unrecognizable. The RPD station does appear in the films, briefly showing up in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, but the only real attempt at capturing the building was the inclusion of the sign above the entrance (although admittedly I did really love that when I saw the film for the first time). Other locations, like the Spencer Estate (or ‘Looking Glass House‘ apparently) and the underground labs have been changed so much that they’re essentially entirely new locations. Probably the closest anything gets to actually recreating a “location” is the train in the first film, which bears a fair resemblance to the train in the original Resident Evil 2.
While the jury is still out on the new Resident Evil as a film, let alone as an adaption, I’m happy to see such dedication to the set design. Here’s hoping that the interior of the station matches (or at least is in the same ballpark) as our favorite former museum.