“Barry, where’s Barry”? Netflix gives the proposed Live-Action Resident Evil series the greenlight!
As reported last year, the streaming giant, has ordered episodes for a live action treatment of the hugely successful videogame that put the “survival” in horror! The series will be developed by Constantin Films, you know, the studio responsible for producing the six-film franchise based on the games, while some were ok, most were “beh. Andrew Dabb whose resume includes CW’s popular series, Supernatural, will serve as writer, executive producer, and showrunner. Dabb who is a fan of the videogame series as many of us are says;
“’Resident Evil’ is my favorite game of all time,” Dabb said. “I’m incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and bring the first ever ‘Resident Evil’ series to Netflix members around the world. For every type of ‘Resident Evil’ fan, including those joining us for the first time, the series will be complete with a lot of old friends, and some things (bloodthirsty, insane things) people have never seen before.”
The Netflix series premise will spread out across two timelines: the first, involves two teenage sisters: Jade and Billie Wesker who move to, get this; "New Raccoon City". who unravel dark secrets with the manufactured, corporate town, that could destroy the world. The clincher is that their father is responsible for concealing what’s underneath the presumably Umbrella Conspiracy! It is of no surprise since the name “Wesker” as in Albert Wesker is mentioned.
This will set up the events for the proceeding second timeline, that takes place a decade later where there are less than fifteen million people survivors on Earth and to make matters worse, there are more than six billion monsters consisting of people and animals infected with the T-virus! Jade, who is now thirty, struggles to survive in this New World, while the secrets from her past – about her sister, her father and herself – continue to haunt her. Um..."yeah". that said, I am also a Resident Evil fan since 1996, the premise gave me that Night of the Living Dead meets G.I.Joe when you thrown in the paramilitary aspects, high powered ordinance, mutated creatures and megalomaniac Supervillains who are or were under the employ of an underground terrorist organization. What's not to love about RE?
Although it deviates from the games’ canon just like the Paul "What Script"? Anderson, which is a damn shame, it may offer something different well, at least during the first timeline as the second more leans toward post-apocalyptic settings like Day of the Dead or The Walking Dead. Time will tell if it’s worth binging or not. But y'know me, I'm morbidly curious when it comes to most things Resi.