Netflix has announced that the latest live-action video game adaptation, Resident Evil the series, will premiere globally on July 14 this year. The show is based on the popular survival-horror franchise from Capcom, and will contain “the best of the Resident Evil DNA,” according to a news release from Netflix.
The series was first announced in August 2020, and was rumored even earlier than that. It is being produced by Constantin Film, the same studio that made the original Resident Evil movies with Milla Jovovich.
This show will be the latest in a line of live-action Resident Evil adaptations, including the Netflix animated film Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness. While many of the prior movies have been disappointing to series fans, there may be some hope for this new series based on the information we know so far.
What we know about Resident Evil so far
Netflix has revealed that the original story of the show will take place across two timelines. One story will follow Jade and Billie Wesker, two teenage sisters of the infamous Wesker family who have moved to New Racoon City. The second timeline will take place 16 years in the future, with the pair trying to survive on an Earth that has been ravaged by T-virus zombies.
The official description from Netflix is as follows:
Year 2036 – 14 years after a deadly virus caused a global apocalypse, Jade Wesker fights for survival in a world overrun by the blood-thirsty infected and insane creatures. In this absolute carnage, Jade is haunted by her past in New Raccoon City, by her father’s chilling connections to the Umbrella Corporation but mostly by what happened to her sister, Billie.
The show will run for eight episodes, and includes a good amount of talent. It stars Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker, as well as Paola Nuñez, Siena Agudong, Tamara Smart, Ella Balinska, and Adeline Rudolph. Andrew Dabb, a writer and co-executive producer on Supernatural, is the showrunner, writer, and executive producer. Bronwen Hughes, known for working on The Walking Dead, is directing the first two episodes.
Netflix also released new promotional art for the show, containing the Umbrella logo, and a blood vial that indicates a positive test for the T-virus. Fans of the games will remember the T-virus to be the original source of the zombie outbreak. It’s impossible to say how well this story will turn out. But, given the low bar set by previous live-action Resident Evil adaptions, as well as recent Netflix hit video game adaptions like Castlevania, anything is possible.