Deadline Site: Netflix Develops Resident Evil Series
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that Netflix is developing a series based on CAPCOM's Resident Evil survival horror game franchise. The report noted that the series will maintain the basic premise of the games but will "deepen the exiting [sic] mythology." The report describes the story as exploring "the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus."
Constantin Film, which produced all six films in the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed Resident Evil franchise, is again handling the production for the series.
Constantin Films also recently hired Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) to direct and write the first reboot film for the Resident Evil film franchise. Entertainment industry news website Variety stated the film is expected to start production this year with a new cast. Michael Clear (Lights Out) for Atomic Monster will also produce the film. Variety previously reported that the upcoming reboot film will be the first of six.
The first Resident Evil zombie apocalypse film based on CAPCOM's survival horror game series premiered in 2002 with actress Milla Jovovich as protagonist Alice. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the "final" live-action film, opened in Japan in December 2016, and in North America in January 2017.
The franchise has earned US$1.2 billion worldwide, with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter alone grossing US$312 million worldwide. The franchise is Europe's most successful independent horror-genre movie franchise in history and the highest-grossing film series to be based on a video game.
Constantin Film announced in 2014 that the movies will get a television show spinoff.
Anderson and his Impact Pictures producing partner Jeremy Bolt are currently working on a live-action Hollywood film adaptation of Monster Hunter, another CAPCOM video game franchise. Anderson stated that he sees the film and the game's world as an "opportunity to have a cinematic universe."