A Resident Evil series is officially happening, yo.
Resident Evil has been one of the few successful video game adaptations out there. I mean, I personally didn’t like them beyond that first movie, but there’s no doubt they were financially successful movies. After all, you don’t make six action movies without doing something right. That being said, I’m sure many fans are still waiting for that honest-to-goodness adaptation that takes more of its cues from the source material.
Well, it looks like a Resident Evil series is a go at Netflix. That’s the good news. Hopefully, with this second go, they will be able to better capture the feel and tone of the games. But it doesn’t look like this series will take any cues from the games.
According to THR, the new series will be told across two timelines. The first follows the daughters of Albert Wesker, 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie. The two move to New Raccoon City, and they inevitably realize there’s something more to the town than meets the eye. The second timeline takes place over a decade in the future after the T-virus has infected the population. There are only 15 million people left on Earth and 6 billion infected, including animals. We continue to follow Jade as she attempts to survive. All the while, the secrets from her past “continue to haunt her.”
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So, first off, I’ll agree that this doesn’t sound like it’s taking much from the series proper. That is kind of disappointing. That being said, that’s not to say there’s no potential here. I can see a lot of this show basically playing out like Arrow, with us witnessing present-day events before flashing back to relevant events. It certainly gives the story a good emotional weight. But I can only wonder if we’ll see any iconic events from the games incorporated into the series. Like, what about the mansion for the first game?
Resident Evil will be overseen by Supernatural co-showrunner Andrew Dabb. He will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. As of this writing, the streamer has ordered eight episodes.
“Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time,” Dabb said. “I’m incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and bring the first-ever Resident Evil series to Netflix members around the world. For every type of Resident Evil fan, including those joining us for the first time, the series will be complete with a lot of old friends, and some things (bloodthirsty, insane things) people have never seen before.”
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