A new report indicates Netflix and German production company Consantin Film will collaborate to adapt a scripted television series based on Capcom’s Resident Evil series. The series is expected to be a Netflix global original.
The report from Deadline indicates the series will “explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus.”
Constantin is no stranger to Resident Evil. They are the company behind the Resident Evil film franchise which began in 2002 with Resident Evil. The franchise is currently the highest-grossing film series based on a video game. It has raked in over $1.2 billion from six films from Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich.
While the series ended with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 2016, Constantin hired Johannes Roberts to write and direct a possible Resident Evil film reboot with a brand new cast.
Netflix is certainly no stranger to adapting video games into television series. They’ve found great success with Adi Shankar and Warren Ellis’ anime adaptation of Konami’s Castlevania.
Netflix is also currently working on a live-action adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series which gained popularity through the acclaimed Witcher trilogy from CD Projekt Red. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would become one of the most successful console games selling over 10 million copies and pushing the entire series over 33 million copies by the end of 2017.
As for Capcom and Resident Evil, they just released their remake of Resident Evil 2, which originally debuted in 1998. The game puts players in control of rook police officer Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield as they try to survive a zombie apocalypse and escape Raccoon City.
Resident Evil 2 is available on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.
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