Netflix Adds ‘Resident Evil’ To Its Growing Horror Stable

by Thomas Tuna

One of the best-selling horror-themed video games of all time is on its way to Netflix, courtesy of the man behind American TV’s longest-running live-action horror series.

Supernatural’s co-showrunner Andrew Dabb is slated to take over the Netflix adaptation of the Resident Evil game, as both showrunner and writer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dabb is expected to move over to this new assignment as soon as production wraps on the 15th and final season of The CW’s Supernatural.

Netflix reportedly has ordered eight episodes of the new Resident Evil series, which will have Robert Kulzer, Oliver Berben and Mary Leah Sutton as executive producers. Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead) also will act as an executive producer, as well as director of the first two episodes.

The new series will boast two different timelines. In one, 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker move to Raccoon City, a manufactured, corporate town, according to the official synopsis. “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.”

The second timeline, set in our future, sees less that 15 million people left on Earth and more than six billion monsters, “people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade–now 30–struggles to survive in this new world, while the secrets from her past–about her sister, her father and herself–continue to haunt her.”

Dabb said he was eager to start this project. “Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time,” he said. “For every type of Resident Evil fan, the series will be complete with a lot of old friends and some things–bloodthirsty, insane things–people have never seen before.”

The Resident Evil franchise–launched by Capcom in 1996–has sold more than 100 million games worldwide. In addition, the six feature films based on the game have grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide, making Resident Evil the most successful film franchise ever birthed by a video game.

Keep reading Horror News Network for more details on casting and production timetables for Resident Evil on Netflix.

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