Resident Evil Video Game Is Becoming a Netflix Series
The streaming service ordered eight episodes of a scripted, live action series based on the survival horror franchise
It's a good day for Resident Evil fans.
Netflix confirmed on Thursday that a scripted, live-action series inspired by Capcom's legendary survival horror franchise is in the works.
The streaming service ordered eight one-hour episodes based on the hugely popular video game, which will tell a new story across two timelines.
"In the first timeline, fourteen-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City," reads the official description. "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."
After an extensive search for a showrunner, Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) has been tapped to oversee the project.
"Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time," Dabb, who will also executive produce and write, said in a statement. "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."
Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead, The Journey Is The Destination) will serve as director and executive producer.
Video game developer Capcom launched Resident Evil in 1996. It has sold more than 100 million games worldwide, and a film adaptation starring Milla Jovovich hit theaters in 2002, spawning five sequels.