Netflix has officially announced its long-rumored Resident Evil series. There is no release date for the live-action show carrying the eponymous name, but the streaming giant did provide a few details regarding the plot and its characters.
Resident Evil will follow Jade and Billie Wesker, two new characters in the RE universe. We don’t know too much about the sisters at this point, except that series villain Albert Wesker is most likely their good old dad.
Exactly how the show fits into the timeline of the games remains to be seen, but it will explore two time periods in the sisters’ lives. One will focus on their lives as teenagers in New Raccoon City, which, unsurprisingly, holds nefarious secrets of its own. The other will focus on Jade’s adulthood and a world overrun by zombies.
Netflix’s official synopsis reads:
In the first timeline, fourteen-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. 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.
Cut to the second timeline, well over a decade into the future: there are less than fifteen million people left on Earth. And more than six billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, 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.
When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything. Resident Evil, a new live action series based on Capcom’s legendary survival horror franchise, is coming to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/XWh5XYxklD
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The first season of Resident Evil will consist of eight one-hour episodes. Andrew Dabb will act as the series’ showrunner, writer, and one of its many executive producers. Dabb is perhaps most known for his work on Supernatural, though he has a number of graphic novels to his name, including Ghostbusters Legion, the Dragonlance Chronicles, and G.I. Joe: SIGMA 6.
Dabb said that:
Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time. 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.
Canadian director Bronwen Hughes will direct and executive produce episodes one and two of the series. Additional directors have not been announced. Hughes is known for her work on The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul.
Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the Resident Evil series as we learn it, as well as updates on the upcoming Resident Evil 8.