Netflix has officially announced a new TV series based on Capcom’s Resident Evil franchise. Back in February the streaming giant confirmed the show, albeit accidentally, when 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.
However, things have changed a little since then, as the series is now set in New Raccoon City, and will follow ‘the Wesker kids’. I’m a bit rusty on my Resident Evil lore but as far as I know the only child Albert Wesker has is a son named Jake Muller who was introduced in Resident Evil 6.
The new story follows fourteen year old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker who move to New Raccoon City with their (so far unnamed) father. “The more time they spend there, the more they come to realise the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing a dark secret” add Netflix.
If that sounds a little twee, fear not because the story will run across two timelines, and the second is set a decade in the future when the population of the Earth has been decimated with just 15 million people left alive. The rest – and all the animals – have been infected by the T-Virus and are the nasty, tentacled monsters we all know and love from the series. Jade is still alive, but it seems her sister is missing, as is her father.
When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything. Resident Evil, a new live action series based on Capcom’s legendary survival horror franchise, is coming to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/XWh5XYxklD
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The series will consist of eight episodes each lasting an hour with Supernatural’s Andrew Dabb writing and Bronwen Hughes(The Walking Dead) directing the first two episodes.
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.