Netflix announced this morning that there is a new live-action series based on Capcom's best-selling survival horror video game Resident EviI. The 8-hour episode season will tell a brand new story across two timelines. No premiere date was announced.
In the first timeline, 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are relocated to New Raccoon City. A manufactured corporate city that was forced upon them in their youth is in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they realize that the city is more than it seems and that their father may be hiding dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world.
In the second timeline, well over a decade into the future, there are fewer than fifteen million people on earth. And more than six billion monsters – humans and animals infected with the T virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this new world as the secrets of her past – about her sister, her father and herself – continue to haunt her.
Andrew Dabb, showrunner, executive producer and writer, said, “Resident Evil is my all time favorite game. I'm incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and introduce the first Resident Evil series to Netflix members around the world. For every type of Resident Evil fan, including those new to ours, the series will be complete with lots of old friends, and some things (bloodthirsty, crazy things) people have never seen. "
Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead, The Journey Is The Destination) will direct and produce the first two episodes. Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben from Constantin Film as well as Mary Leah Sutton will work as executive producers with Dabb. Constantin Film and Martin Moszkowicz, CEO of Constantin Film, will produce.
Since Capcom first debuted the genre-defining survival horror title in 1996, Resident Evil has grown to become one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, with more than 100 million games sold worldwide. Over the course of almost 25 years, the series has expanded beyond games to include films and theme park attractions. The six-film franchise Resident Evil produced by Constantin Film has earned more than 1.2 billion US dollars worldwide, making it the most successful film franchise based on a video game.
Dan Sarto is the Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.