Resident Evil TV Series Coming To Netflix, Breaking Bad Director Attached
The TV show will feature a new story for the series told across two timelines; get all the details here.
Confirming reports from 2019, Netflix has officially announced a Resident Evil TV series based on Capcom's video game series. It's just the latest Netflix show based on a Capcom franchise, following Dragon's Dogma before it.
The live-action Resident Evil TV show is being produced by Constantin Film, which is the same production company behind the Milla Jovovich Resident Evil films that made over $1 billion at the global box office over the years.
The Netflix show is not based on any of the video games, but will instead tell a new story. Not only that, but it will be presented in a unique manner--through two timelines.
One of the timelines follows 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker, the daughters of Albert Wesker, who are living in a place called New Raccoon City. The city is not all it seems, of course, and the sisters quickly find themselves in danger. The second timeline is set more than 10 years in the future when Earth's population has been reduced to just 15 million people. Humans are massively outnumbered by people and animals infected by the T-virus. In this timeline, Jade is now 30 years sold and she faces all kinds of new challenges.
Here is the official description for the Resident Evil TV show and its 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."
Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) is the showrunner, executive producer, and writer for the Resident Evil TV show on Netflix.
"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," Dabb said in a statement. "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."
There will be eight episodes in the first season, and each is one hour long. Bronwen Hughes, who has directed episodes of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and The Walking Dead, is directing the Resident Evil TV show's first two episodes, and she is also an executive producer for those episodes.
It sounds like it's still early days for the Resident Evil Netflix TV show, so there is no word yet on when filming may begin, who will play the lead roles, or when the program will debut.
In addition to the Resident Evil TV series for Netflix, a reboot of the movie franchise is on the way. On top of that, Capcom is working with Sony on a Monster Hunter film. Yet another Capcom franchise, Mega Man, is also being spun into a film.