Netflix has confirmed its live-action Resident Evil TV series and has revealed a lot of new information.
Netflix has given an eight-episode order to a drama series inspired by the popular Resident Evil horror survival video game franchise.
The series will be written by Supernatural executive producer and showrunner Andrew Dabb and produced by Constantin Film, which was also behind the Resident Evil movie franchise. Bronwen Hughes of The Walking Dead will executive-produce and direct the first two episodes. In the announcement it was noted that the series will feature a brand new story across two timelines.
“In the first timeline, fourteen-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world … Cut to the second timeline, well over a decade into the future: there are less than fifteen million people left on Earth. And more than six billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this New World, while the secrets from her past — about her sister, her father and herself — continue to haunt her.”
“Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time,” Dabb said in a statement. “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.”
Capcom first released the Resident Evil video game in 1996 on PlayStation. Over the past 24 years it has become the best-selling video game franchise of all time, with more than 100 million games sold worldwide. The Resident Evil film franchise starred Milla Jovovich and started in 2002 with Resident Evil, consisting of six movies ending in 2016 with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The film franchise earned over $1.2 billion worldwide and is ranked as the highest-grossing film series based on a video game.