Netflix Developing A ‘Resident Evil’ TV Series
Netflix is apparently developing a TV series based on the hugely popular ‘Resident Evil’ “survival horror” franchise according to reports today.
The people behind the new show are Constantin Film, the same company who developed the game franchise into a movie series starring Milla Jovovich. According to Deadline, who broke the story, the series will keep the same basic premise, but expand the ‘Resident Evil’ universe and deepen the exiting mythology by exploring the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus. The show will feature Resident Evil’s signature elements, with lots of action sequences and, of course, easter eggs, to keep rabid fans happy.
German studio Constantin Film released the first ‘Resident Evil’ movie back in 2002. That was followed by ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ in 2004, ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ in 2007, ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ in 2010, ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ in 2012, and lastly, ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ in 2016. Whilst video game movies are notorious for being box office flops, the ‘Resident Evil’ film franchise, all shepherded under the direction of Paul W.S. Anderson, has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the most profitable game-to-film franchise ever made.
The original ‘Resident Evil’ game, created by Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara, launched in 1996, and spawned a staggering 24 sequels, remakes, and spin-offs and is still going strong. The last new game landed in 2017, titled ‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’, but the latest itteration to arrive is a remake of ‘Resident Evil 2’ which is released today.
The ‘Resident Evil’ tv series is very much in early development stages at the moment. Whilst it does come from Constantin Film, it’s unlikely to feature Milla Jovovich, at least in a leading role. The company are currently searching for a showrunner to guide the potential series. We’ll let you know if and when we hear more.
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