Netflix to Produce ‘Resident Evil’ TV Series

by Sean McLaughlin

Why should AMC have all of the undead fun?  In an exclusive article, Deadline is reporting that a TV series based on Resident Evil is currently in the works over at Netflix.  The franchise already boasts six movies, but could be in prime position to scoop up a lot of hungry zombie television fans as the still-massive Walking Dead series gets a bit longer in the tooth and more convoluted from a story-line standpoint.  This rumored scripted-series will be looking to capitalize off of this growing audience while leveraging the technology and advantages of being on a streaming platform.

It is rumored that German company Constantin Film will produce the project, just as it has with all of the Resident Evil movies.  Even so, the series will be a Netflix original and will solidify the streaming giant’s reputation as a burgeoning powerhouse in the horror entertainment arena.  The year 2018 saw them release two other horror-based original series which were showered with rave reviews from both critics and viewers alike:  The Haunting of Hill House and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.  This, of course, comes on the heels of the multi-season runaway smash Stranger Things which has not only influenced other entertainment projects but also pop culture in general.  Therefore, expectations will be high as the six films, all based on the legendary Capcom video game series of the same name, have collectively grossed $1.2 billion worldwide to earn it the title of highest-grossing video game-based film franchise ever.

No other details have been released as the rumored series is still in the infancy stages, so we will need to wait some more to find out how Umbrella Corp., Raccoon City and all of the other iconic landmarks and entities will be presented on the small-ish screen.  The first Resident Evil was released in 2002, with the last installment (Resident Evil:  The Final Chapter) hitting theaters in 2016.  While every one of the movies was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, there is obviously no word in the early going on if he will be involved now.  Whether the series will pick up where The Final Chapter left off, or present an entirely new story and locale within the larger Resident Evil universe, will continue to be unanswered in the short term.  Plus…..will the prolific Milla Jovovich reprise her role as the apocalyptic bad-ass Alice?  Time will tell.

Stay tuned to HNN for more news on Netflix’s potential Resident Evil series as it breaks!


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