A longtime game franchise is about to take up residence at Netflix. The streaming site has confirmed that an original live-action series based on Capcom‘s hit Resident Evil series is in development. And it will take place in two different timelines, so viewers can see how the world was overrun by monsters.
Netflix and Constantin Film are producing a series based on Capcom’s classic video game franchise. Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) will serve as showrunner and also executive produce. He says fans of the series can expect both familiar faces and new terrifying twists from the show.
“Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time,” said Dabb in a statement. “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.”
Netflix says the series “will tell a brand new story” across two different 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.
Cut to 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.”
The first season will feature eight one-hour episodes. Executive producer Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead, The Journey Is The Destination) will direct the first two episodes.
The show will also come with a massive, built-in fanbase. The survival horror game series first debuted in 1996. Since then the franchise has sold more than 100 million games worldwide. It also led to six films. Netflix will certainly hope their show will find a lot more critical success than the movies, though.
If it doesn’t, the show could be scary for all the wrong reasons. But hopefully the billions of monsters roaming the Earth will be the only thing that’s terrifying about it.
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