Online film and television streaming service Netflix has announced a live-action Resident Evil series on one of its official Netflix Twitter pages. This new series will comprise of eight episodes, each one running for about an hour each.
According to a press release the series will see Jade and Billie Wesker, daughters of villain Albert Wesker, and will be split across two timelines; the first sees the pair as teenagers arriving in New Racoon City where they will discover that the city is hiding dark secrets. The second timeline takes place in the future with Jade now in her thirties and living in a desolate zombie apocalypse with her dark past coming back to haunt her. The series will be produced by the German production company Constantin Film (Resident Evil series, Wrong Turn series, and the upcoming Monster Hunter movie) with Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) acting as the showrunner.
When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything. Resident Evil, a new live action series based on Capcom’s legendary survival horror franchise, is coming to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/XWh5XYxklD
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) August 27, 2020
Originally launching in 1996 on PlayStation, Resident Evil (or as it is known in Japan Biohazard) is a survival horror action franchise developed and published by Capcom. The first installment saw an elite taskforce investigating a mysterious mansion only to discover hidden lab full of zombies, mutant flora and fauna. Albert Wesker served as a recurring antagonist from until his final demise in Resident Evil 5. In April 2020 a remake of Resident Evil 3 was released. A new installment titled Resident Evil Village was announced in June 2020 and is set for release in 2021 for Windows PC, Xbox Series X, and PlayStation 5.
This is not the first time that the series has been adapted to live-action. There was of course the Paul W.S. Anderson lead film series which stared his wife Milla Jovovich. This series spanned six films and ran from 2002 to 2017. Anderson is set to write and direct the upcoming Monster Hunter movie with Jovovich starring as Captain Natalie Artemis. Horror movie legend George A. Romero wrote a script for a Resident Evil movie in the 1990s with the intention of directing. He was turned down but still ended up directing a live-action commercial for the series to promote the release of Resident Evil 2.
This will be the second video game adaptation that Netflix has brought to streaming with their adaptation of The Witcher which released in 2019.
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