Resident Evil, was originally a Japanese video game owned by Capcom and created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara in 1996. The story follows outbreaks of zombies and other monsters created mainly by the Umbrella Corporation which became a comercial success.
It has sold over 103 million units worldwide as of June 2020 and it’s been adapted into comic books, novels, audio dramas, merchandise animated films and live-action films which are in fact, the highest-grossing film series based on video games.
Resident Evil has been credited with popularizing survival horror games and lead an interest in zombie films on mainstream popular culture from the late 1990s onwards.
Netflix has now announced that they were developing a live-action Resident Evil series on August 27, 2020. It will consist of eight episodes of one hour long with a story that takes place over two timelines, which are set before and after the T-virus.
Recently, Netflix Spain uploaded a picture of the script for the series, “New Raccoon City, be ready: there will be a live action ‘Resident Evil’ series and Bronwen Hughes (‘The Walking Dead’) will direct the first two episodes. Coming soon”, they wrote via Twitter.
Que se prepare New Raccoon City: habrá una serie live action de 'Resident Evil' y Bronwen Hughes ('The Walking Dead') dirigirá los dos primeros episodios. Próximamente. pic.twitter.com/JGi5aB1PQN
— Netflix España (@NetflixES) August 27, 2020
In the first timeline, Jade and Billie Wesker moves to New Raccoon City only to realize that their father may be hiding murky secrets that could destroy the world. The second timeline takes place a decade later and follows Jade, now thirty, in her efforts to survive in a world in which only 15 million humans remain, with over 6 billion animals and people being infected with the T-virus.
The series still doesn’t have a release date, however it was confirmed that Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) will serve as showrunner, and Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead) will executive-produce and direct the first two episodes as previosuly mentioned. Moreover, Constantin Film who have previously produced the Resident Evil film series, will also serve as the studio behind the series.
Dabb assured that he is very excited to be part of this project. “’Resident Evil’ is my favorite game of all time,” Dabb said “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.”
Although the cast that will give life to this story has not yet been chosen, Dabb promises a series worth the wait for, “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.”
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