Netflix has ordered a live-action series based on the video game “Resident Evil” from Capcom. The eight-episode of series will be of one-hour each.
Written by Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb and produced by Constantin Film, which produced the six-film franchise based on the games, will serve as the studio behind the series.
The news of the “Resident Evil” series was in development at Netflix was first reported last year.
The story of the series will unfold 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.
In 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,” said Dabb, who will serve as showrunner. “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.”
Bronwen Hughes will direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the series. Along with Dabb, Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben of Constantin Film will also executive produce, as will Mary Leah Sutton. Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz will produce.
The first “Resident Evil” game was released in 1996. Since then, the game and the multiple new entries in the franchise have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. In addition, the Resident Evil film franchise, launched with the 2002 Resident Evil, consists of six movies to date and has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide. There are also “Resident Evil” animated films, comic books, and novels.
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