In some exciting news, a report suggests Netflix is moving forward with a scripted series based on Capcom's Resident Evil series. Less exciting, though, is that the streaming company apparently tapped the same production company behind the live-action Resident Evil films directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.
According to a report from Deadline, Netflix is developing a Resident Evil show as a global original. German production and distribution Constantin Films is the studio attached to create the new series. You might know Constantin Films as the company behind the loose live-action Resident Evil film adaptations, which is either good news or bad news depending on how you feel about those movies.
Netflix's Resident Evil series will apparently keep the same "basic premise" of the video game franchise and will "explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus." The series is set to include Resident Evil's signature elements, action sequences, and easter eggs.
It's unclear at such an early stage in development whether the Netflix Resident Evil series is part of the same universe as the live-action Resident Evil movies. Aside from some shared characters and plot points, the Resident Evil live-action movies haven't really been faithful adaptations of the video games. Still, that hasn't stopped the series from grossing over $1.2 billion across six films.
Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson is currently working on another live-action adaptation, this time for Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise. Anderson is taking a similarly loose approach to his Monster Hunter film adaptation.
Meanwhile Capcom just released a remake of Resident Evil 2 which is a very modern take on the traditional Resident Evil formula. Our Resident Evil 2 review praised its reinvention and modern take on classic gameplay elements. You can read our Resident Evil 2 guide for more info.