Netflix and Constantin Film are in the early stages of developing a TV series based on the Resident Evil video game franchise. According to Deadline, the production company and distributor (Constantin Film) of the films will co-produce with Netflix, but the new take will offer a different perspective than what we've seen before.
Deadline describes the projects as a "drama series will explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus." Across six-hit movies, Resident Evil holds the title of the most successful movie franchise based on a video game of all time. Admittedly, that high accolade doesn't carry much substance as it's a genre that can't seem to produce franchise starters or (let's face it) good movies. Maybe this year's Sonic The Hedgehog movie will change that?
Much like many kids of the 90s, the Resident Evil games played a big part of my gaming life. The franchise is ripe for the TV treatment, and a look at the inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation is filled with potential. As Netflix is keen to offer more chose your own path stories like Black Mirror's Bandersnatch, Resident Evil is a prime candidate for similar treatment although it's doubtful to happen as this series is on the fast-track.
The TV series isn't the only new Resident Evil in development, Constantin Film recently brought in Johannes Roberts (47 Metres Down, The Strangers Prey At Night) to write and direct a movie reboot. There are no firm details on when (or if) the new movie will happen, Roberts is currently finishing up on 47 Metres Down: The Next Chapter which is due for release this summer.