Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 2 is now out in the wild, and the Raccoon City fever is spreading. Apparently the bug bit Netflix, too, because Deadline is reporting that the streaming giant has a series based on the game franchise in development.
Deadline‘s report says that “the drama series will explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-Virus. While the project is in its early stages, the series is expected to incorporate all of Resident Evil‘s signature elements, including action sequences and ‘easter eggs.’
As noted, this is in very early development, so it’s not a guarantee that the show will even happen, but it seems that Constantin Films (also in charge of the Milla Jovovich-led movie franchise) is looking for someone to run the show.
Details aside from that are sparse. The world setup across the seven main Resident Evil titles and countless side stories means that if Netflix wants to make this happen, it has tons of source material to work with before even broaching the movies. They could go with an entirely new cast or even cherrypick characters from the games. From the description, it sounds like the creators want to go with something set inside the Umbrella Corporation, which would be a different take than we’re used to and could potentially be a lot of fun. One thing it’ll have to do for sure is differentiate itself from The Walking Dead as much as it possibly can. People need to know at a glance that they’re not looking at a knock-off.
Do you want to see a Resident Evil TV series? This could be a few years out at this point, but I’m excited to see what comes of it none the less.
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