Back in January of last year it was reported that Resident Evil rights holders Constantin Films was teaming with Netflix for a TV series based upon the hugely-successful survival horror video game franchise, and now the streamer has officially announced an eight-episode series order for the project.
“Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time,” said showrunner Andrew Dabb (Supernatural). “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.”
The official synopsis for the series reads:
Building on one of the most popular, best selling survival horror video games of all time, Resident Evil will tell a brand new story across two 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.
Along with the TV series, Constantin Film is also working on a Resident Evil movie reboot, which promises to go back to the horror roots of the video game series, rather than the action-centric approach of the Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich film series.