By: John M Jerva
With much speculation over the past months of a new Resident Evil series, it appears that Netflix has pulled the trigger and is ready to unleash an eight episode first season based on the best selling video game. Constantin Film, who distributed the series of films with Milla Jovovich, has united with the streaming service giant for a fresh take on the franchise.
Andrew Dabb, who worked on The CW’s hit series Supernatural, will serve as the show runner. Bronwen Hughes has been announced as the director for the first two episodes and he is best known for the Thomas Jane film Stander as well as directing episodes of Breaking Bad.
Netflix has also released an official synopsis for the right episode run which will play out in 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.
Dabb has the opportunity to chat about the project in a recent interview and stated, “Resident Evil is my favorite 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.”
Unfortunately, Netflix hasn’t released any info about a production schedule and when they plan to run the series so it looks like we are still in a holding pattern. It is important to note that this project isn’t related to a feature film reboot that was announced that will be helmed by Johannes Roberts who will also pen the script.