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Netflix has officially confirmed that it's making a TV series based on Capcom's Resident Evil franchise, after several previous rumours all but already did. Nevertheless, there's more to tell you about than simply, yes, there's a show coming. Read on, dear reader, for the night is dark and full of terrors. (Wrong show, but, never mind.)
In a new Twitter post, which you can find here, Netflix writes that "when the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything". Which doesn't quite sound like any Resident Evil story we've seen (or played) before.
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- NX (@NXOnNetflix) August 27, 2020
The post continues: "Resident Evil, a new live action series based on Capcom's legendary survival horror franchise, is coming to Netflix." An attached photo shows the front page of what is presumably the script to episode one of the show, which is titled 'Welcome to New Raccoon City'.
The episode is directed by Bronwen Hughes (whose credits include 13 Reasons Why, Breaking Bad, and the appropriately zombies-filled The Walking Dead) and written by Andrew Dabb (Supernatural). Netflix adds that Dabb will "helm" the whole series, which spans eight episodes, and that Hughes also directs the series' second episode.
But I guess you want more, right? Lucky for you, we have more, in the shape of a synopsis for the show, from Netflix:
In the first timeline, 14-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 realise 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 15 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.
So, the show will cover two timelines, at very different stages of the outbreak, and feature Weskers other than the well-known Albert - who was initially introduced to players as a member of STARS before becoming a central big-bad in the evolving series. Could Billie and Jade be his daughters? Probably. After all, Albert sure does have his share of dark secrets.
The premise for this sounds pretty promising, and Dabb has expressed how thrilled he is to be working on Resident Evil for Netflix, saying (via Polygon): "Resident Evil is my favourite game of all time. 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."
That's all we've got right now, but I'm sure you'll agree it's enough to chew on, 'til we see or hear more. In related Resident Evil news, Resi 8 (aka Resident Evil Village) is now in production at Capcom, and you can read all about its official reveal here. And in regard to games you can play right now, this year's remake of Resident Evil 3 came in at number four on our top 10 of 2020's best games so far.
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