Rejoice, survival-horror fans, since Capcom’s long-running franchise — which has experienced a bit of a resurgence lately thanks to the absurdly successful remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3 — is coming to Netflix. The proudly bonkers series has been given the live-action treatment before, of course, in a series of nutty and not very good films helmed by Milla Jovovich and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The CGI efforts have been better, but this has always been a franchise much better suited to the looser logic on video games, where at least gameplay can save the day. Nonetheless, the new series’ showrunner, executive producer, and writer Andrew Dabb believes the time is now for a scripted live-action series. He had this to say:
“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. 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.”
We also have some early details on the plot:
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.
Naturally, we’ll report more as we get it. But what are the early reactions to this news? Do people want a live-action Resident Evil series? Let us know!
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.