I don’t want to jump on this like a shambling corpse on a meaty limb, but the potential is too good to pass up. A report from Deadline is saying that Netflix will be taking up the reigns of the cinematic side of Resident Evil with an original series.
After Milla Jovovich’s long-running series of films ended with 2016’s appropriately-titled The Final Chapter, we’d heard rumors of the survival horror titan’s cinematic rise from the grave for the big screen. This is the first we’re hearing of a potential TV series, though.
Details are minimal, like the ammunition in your gun Leon lookout!, but the initial scoop names Constantin Film, the production company behind the existing films, as being involved. Deadline reports the series to “expand the Resident Evil universe and deepen the exiting [sic] mythology,” and explore the “dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus.”
Sounds like a ball.
With the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake receiving acclaim from our own Chris Carter on Destructoid and others, as well as a positively rabid show of public excitement, Capcom is riding high on the rush of green and red herbs.
Personally, I think a series could work really well for the franchise. Where the films had sort of set their course rigidly early on, the games have matured in ways that I think we can all appreciate, maintaining the camp while allowing for some seriously grim locations and monstrosities. A fresh slate--Netflix series or film reboot--could do some cinematic good.
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for more official details. Next, we ask Capcom for a God Hand TV show.
‘Resident Evil’ TV Series In Works At Netflix – [Deadline]