It seems to be a good time to be a Resident Evil fan. Not only has the RE 2 remake hit the shelves, garnering universal acclaim amongst gaming critics, but news of another project has come to light. The Resident Evil franchise is coming to Netflix!
Reported by Deadline, the TV-streaming giant is developing a scripted series based on the video games. It will join the ranks of other Netflix originals such as You, Sabrina and Mental. If all goes well, it could prove to be another hit under Netflix’s umbrella.
And speaking of Umbrella (a little RE joke there), the show is said to explore the dark inner workings of the video games’ infamous Umbrella Corporation. It aims to deepen and expand the Resident Evil universe and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-Virus.
Alas, there is not much other info to go on, as the show is in its early stages of development. In fact, the search is still on for a showrunner to helm the drama series. However, fans can be assured that action sequences and “easter eggs” will be very much present.
As long-time fans know, Resident Evil is no stranger to live-action reimaginings. The Resident Evil film series starring Milla Jovovich ran for six films from 2002 to 2016. As of the time of writing, it is the highest-grossing film series based on a videogame, grossing over $1.2 billion worldwide.
The series is notable for mixing elements from the video games with original set pieces and stories. While it features characters from the video games as Ada Wong, Leon S. Kennedy, and Jill Valentine, it focused on newcomer heroine Alice. This character, played by Milla Jovovich, was a genetically-altered superhuman of sorts.
So, who knows what liberties the Resident Evil Netflix series will take with the source material?
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