Last week on these very pages while reporting on Coronavirus news I mentioned the rumours of a TV show based on Resident Evil that was being produced for Netflix. The streaming giant themselves have now confirmed the show, albeit accidentally. The Netflix Media Center site briefly listed a description of the series which you can read below.
The town of Clearfield, MD has long stood in the shadow of three seemingly unrelated behemoths – the Umbrella Corporation, the decommissioned Greenwood Asylum, and Washington, D.C. Today, twenty-six years after the discovery of the T-Virus, secrets held by the three will start to be revealed at the first signs of outbreak.
The series is to be developed Constantin Films, the same team who made the movies which may indication some sort of continuation of the films. However, the mythology of the films has been rather, how shall I put it, flexible, over the six movies.
The first two are relatively straight forward but then the third movie suggests the T-Virus has destroyed most of the plant life and water and the world is now a desert and things go a bit Mad Max. The fourth film conveniently forgets that, and also erases all of Alice’s T-Virus super powers because she was almost Superman by this point, and the fifth film brings back a huge number of cast members from the previous films because cloning and reinstates Alice’s super powers.
The sixth film brings back the Red Queen and goes a bit 2012, ending with Alice murdering thousands of people in a huge explosion because… I dunno, she was a a bit miffed. I’m regretting trying to explain the films now, sorry.
The timeline for the films is never stated, they seem to be set in the present day so if the TV series follows them it would be set around 2028, if it follows the games then it would be in 2024.
The rebooted Resident Evil 3 is due to launch on April 3rd so Netflix may officially announce the TV series at the same time.