Details were officially revealed for Netflix’s upcoming Resident Evil TV series, and the general reaction on social media seems to be… confusion.
The season will consist of eight one-hour episodes and is being produced by Constantin Films, who previously produced the six-film Resident Evil series starring Milla Jovovich. While that film series concluded with finality in 2016, it ultimately earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, so producers wasted no time looking for a new way to adapt the popular video game series.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed more details about the live-action Resident Evil TV show’s staff and premise. Andrew Dabb (CW’s Supernatural) will act as showrunner and Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead) will direct the first two episodes. This sounds like a solid creative duo, but the premise, which involves two timelines – one focusing on adolescent sisters Jade and Billie Wesker (!) adapting to their new lives in New Raccoon City, and the other taking place in an apocalyptic future in which 6 billion monsters have taken over the planet – is potentially concerning.
Reaction among fans of the video game series has been mixed, to say the least. The knee-jerk reaction to seeing the phrase “Wesker kids” in the synopsis of a Resident Evil TV series is to roll one’s eyes, but let’s be honest – the games themselves have gone off the rails multiple times with their plots, and the overall series remains as popular as ever.
Here are just a few examples of the games’ ridiculousness:
- Resident Evil 5 has protagonist Chris Redfield – a completely normal human being – battle his mutated adversary, Albert Wesker, within an active volcano.
- Resident Evil: Revelations’ plot revolves around a gigantic floating city in the Mediterranean sea that is decimated by bioterrorists.
- Resident Evil 6… where do I even begin? Chinese cities get zombie-bombed; evolving cricket-men are standard enemies; there are indestructible zombie cyborgs with comb-overs… the list goes on and on. And on.
So yeah, it might be a little much to ask for cautious optimism, but a wild premise doesn’t necessarily spell doom for the project. After all, Castlevania fans were wary when Warren Ellis first revealed details on his adaptation, and that show turned out to be amazing.
What do you think about this Resident Evil TV show? Does it make you angry enough to want to punch a boulder, or are you excited by the prospect of characters and creatures from the game appearing in new roles?
Either way, no release date has been given, so it’s unlikely that we’ll find out whether the show lives up to the game series’ potential this year.
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