Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Netflix have given an eight-episode series order for the series adaptation of popular video game franchise Resident Evil.
The video game franchise also became a long-standing film franchise, originally started in 2002, followed Alice (Milla Jovovich), as she fights not only the zombies terrorising Raccoon City after an experiment gone wrong, but the evil Umbrella Corp., which is the cause of the disastrous state. The film would spawn five further instalments, with the last one released in 2016, with the franchise overall earning $1.2bn worldwide.
Details have also been revealed as in what to expect from the upcoming series, with the story expanding across two different timelines. The first timeline focuses on fourteen-year-old sister Jade and Billie Wesker moving into 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 realise that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets that could destroy the world. The second timeline is set over a decade into the future where 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.
The series, which has been in development at Netflix since January 2019, is being produced by Constantin Film, the company behind the Resident Evil film franchise.
Andrew Dabb, who is writing the series and will serve as showrunner, talked about the project saying:
Resident Evil is my favourite 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. 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.
Andrew Dabb will serve as executive producer alongside Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben of Constantin Film and Mary Leah Sutton. Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz will serve as producer. Bronwen Hughes will direct and executive producer the first two episodes.