First rumored in January of 2019, Netflix has today confirmed that a live-action Resident Evil series is in development at the streaming service. The series is coming from Constantin Film and will be based on Capcom’s video game franchise.
Building on one of the most popular, best-selling survival horror video games of all time, the Resident Evil series will tell a brand new story across two timelines. The first season will consist of eight one-hour episodes.
In the first timeline, 14-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 15 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.
Supernatural‘s Andrew Dabb will serve as showrunner, executive producer and writer. Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead, The Journey Is the Destination) will direct and executive produce the first two episodes.
Also executive producing are Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben of Constantin Film and Mary Leah Sutton. The producer is Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz.
“Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time. 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,” said Dabb.
“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.”
Since Capcom first debuted the genre-defining survival horror title in 1996, Resident Evil has become one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, with more than 100 million games sold worldwide. Over the course of almost 25 years, the series has expanded beyond games into film adaptations and theme park attractions.
The Resident Evil six-film franchise, produced by Constantin Film, has collectively earned more than $1.2 billion worldwide making it the most successful movie franchise based on a video game.
The Resident Evil movies starred Milla Jovovich. The last installment, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, earned $312.2 million worldwide in early 2017 on a budget of just $40 million.
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