Netflix officially announces Resident Evil live-action television series

Cal Jeffrey

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In brief: As expected, Netflix has green lit a Resident Evil TV series. Not much is known about the plot, but the first episode features the "Wesker kids" moving to Racoon City. So it may be delving into the roots of the franchise. The streaming service had no word on when the series is set to air.

We were already pretty sure Netflix was planning to make a Resident Evil television series. Last year, Constantin Film, the studio behind the RE movies, was rumored to be working on a show for the streaming service. Then earlier this year, Netflix accidentally posted a synopsis for the series but quickly took it down. No official confirmation of the project was to come from Netflix until today.

In an early morning Thursday tweet featuring a picture of a Resident Evil screenplay, Netflix announced that a live-action series based on the Capcom franchise is on the way. The script shows the first episode is titled "Welcome to New Racoon City."

The Netflix announcement says, "When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything." So it would seem that the series is set before the events that transpire in the first Resident Evil game, at least initially, which might be an intriguing twist on the plot.

Episode one was written by Supernatural's screenwriter Andrew Dabb, with Breaking Bad's Bronwen Hughes directing. According to a subsequent tweet, Hughes will only helm the first two installments. Also, the season will consist of eight one-hour episodes. As was first rumored, the studio behind the RE movie franchise, Constantin Film, is behind the production, so there is no guarantee that the show won't suck.

Don't get me wrong. The movies weren't all bad, but they weren't all good either, and they were a big departure from what Resident Evil fans expected. We'll have to see how Constantin does on a streaming platform. Netflix did not reveal when the show would debut.

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Lionvibez

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When the resident Evil movies came out there wasn't much competition in the Zombie area. However now we had The Walking dead for 10 years, Z nation etc So lets home they make it different and keep it fresh.
 

CPO2U

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Because in this environment, we need more movies about deadly viruses. Thanks Netflix!

Yes your irritation is very much warranted, but here's the thing: The Average Netflix User™ will watch the heck out of this show. At the end of the day, Hollywood and all these streaming services are here for one thing; to make money. Most of the subscriber base are pretty "dumb"... If reboots, prequels, and shows about a pandemic DURING A PANDEMIC will bring in the money to these companies, that's what they're gonna do. Supply and Demand, right?

...Great, I just made MYSELF irritated just thinking about it, LOL
 

toooooot

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I am displeased with you, writer of this article. Resident Evil movies are among my most favorite.
They arent perfect. But there aren't many better alternatives. These movies are for people who enjoyed RE games.
It is enough if the series resemble the movies. It will be for people like me at least.
But I have doubts. With political cancer leaking in most new movies or TV shows,
I simply don't enjoy most of new movies and shows. I start them, see how terrible they are, and never finish them. I don't mind the trends, I don't mind your opinion, but I will not watch entertaining material if it above all serve the purpose of telling me what your political believes are.
Leave it for art-house movies, or lose money.
 

Cal Jeffrey

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I am displeased with you, writer of this article. Resident Evil movies are among my most favorite.
They arent perfect. But there aren't many better alternatives. These movies are for people who enjoyed RE games.
It is enough if the series resemble the movies. It will be for people like me at least.
But I have doubts. With political cancer leaking in most new movies or TV shows,
I simply don't enjoy most of new movies and shows. I start them, see how terrible they are, and never finish them. I don't mind the trends, I don't mind your opinion, but I will not watch entertaining material if it above all serve the purpose of telling me what your political believes are.
Leave it for art-house movies, or lose money.
Completely agree about newer movies and shows pushing a political agenda. It’s becoming more common and is even affecting shows that used to just be good. The Order is a perfect example season one was decent. Season two got flipped on its head. I wouldn’t even mind the [insert cause of the day here] so much, but the writers/producers went completely nuts in reimagining characters’ personalities that were already well established in S1. SMH

As for the RE movies. Sorry to displease you, but to each his own. They weren’t all bad, but like so many other movies adapted from video games, I just feel they fell far short of delivering the plot I expected and in general did poorly in making me give a s- about the characters. But that’s just me. Well not just me. A lot of others felt the same way, but to be fair, it’s extremely difficult to make a good movie based on a video game simply because there is too much to cram into 90 minutes. So inevitably things get left out or brushed over. Rarely does one invoke the same feelings as experienced when playing the game. Games have hours to reel you in to where you really care about the characters. Movies are capable of pulling it off, but rarely do by comparison. It’s the whole, “It was okay, but the book was better” thing, but with video games instead.