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If The Walking Dead TV series proved anything, it's that a drama set in a post-apocalyptic zombie-ridden wasteland is entirely viable as a format. As long as you don't watch past like, series four. Apparently, Netflix have noticed this and seen fit to commission a series based on the Resident Evil video games to make good on the popularity of the genre.
According to an unconfirmed source within Netflix (via Deadline) it's being made by German production and distribution company Constantin Film. The more astute Resi fans among you will know that Constantin are also responsible for the Resident Evil film franchise which is - and I cannot stress this enough - loosely based on the games.
Anyway, Deadline say that the plot of the series will work to expand on the already established video game lore, and deepen the mythology developers Capcom have endeavoured to convolute since the franchise's first outing back in 1996. It's said to explore the inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order after the release of the T-Virus, while including some of the staples of the series like big action sequences and "Easter eggs". Presumably that's going to be punching boulders and Jill sandwiches, then.
The first Resident Evil film came out back in 2002 and the six movies to date have somehow managed to gross $1.2 billion dollars for Constantin. They're reportedly under consideration for a reboot, with a TV series tie-in, though it's not known if the Netflix show will be included in this, or if it'll be a stand-alone outing. In an ideal world, Netflix would focus in on a darker, more intense affair while keeping a few of the cheesy one-liners fans have come to love over the years.
The Resident Evil franchise as a whole is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment, with Resident Evil 7 receiving rave reviews, the huge success of the remade Resident Evil 2, and the imminent arrival of another remake in the shape of Resident Evil 3, coming on April 3rd. I have my doubts that Capcom would allow a low-effort and schlocky undertaking with the vocal majority calling for more horror in their survival-horror experience.
Mind you, Milla Jovovich dragon-kicking a zombie dog in the face was pretty funny, and that bit where the bloke got slap-chopped by some lasers was alright, so, who knows?
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