Resident Evil Series Gets Netflix Go-Ahead

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It’s official, you can’t keep a good zombie down. Netflix have just confirmed an eight-episode original live action TV series based on the massively popular Resident Evil game series.

The series was originally mooted back in early 2019, when Netflix were looking into writers and story ideas.

CapCom launched the game series almost 25 years ago, since then the franchise has sold over 100 million games worldwide. The game series also spawned a six-film franchise, starring Milla Jovovich, which grossed more than $1.25 billion worldwide – the most successful movie franchise based on a video game.

The new series is an entirely original story set over two separate timelines.

Timeline one focuses on 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker (presumably relatives of the sinister Albert Wesker of the game series). The sisters find themselves being moved to the new corporate settlement of Raccoon City, just as their adolescence hits. The more time they spend at the city, the more they realise there is something rotten at the heart of Raccoon City, and their father may be concealing dark secrets that put the very future of the world at risk.

Timeline two is set sixteen years into the future, and the now 30-year-old Jade struggles for survival in a world inhabited by just 15 million humans – and 6 billion monsters, both human and animal victims of the T-virus. She is haunted by her past and the secrets about herself, her sister and her father.

The series will be written by Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb. The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad director Bronwen Hughes is on board to direct at least the first two episodes.

Viewers can expect to see monsters both old and new, and Dabb says there will be some familiar faces from the game franchise too.

Constantin Film, producers of the film franchise, is the studio for the new series.

No dates have been given for the series, as filming is dependent on the current coronavirus restrictions.

Carolyn Hucker