Netflix confirmed that its long-rumored Resident Evil show is real.
The company shared the news through a tweet containing the script cover of the first episode, “Welcome to New Raccoon City.” It went on to reveal that the show will be live-action and the first TV series in Capcom’s renowned Resident Evil franchise.
Andrew Dabb, a writer on “Supernatural,” was announced as the showrunner for the first season. Bronwen Hughes, who has previously worked on “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad,” will direct the first two episodes.
Resident Evil fans have known that Netflix has been working on the show since at least 2019 when Deadline reported that it was in production. The show features Jade and Billie Wesker in a plot that straddles two timelines.
Here’s the official synopsis from Netflix via Polygon:
“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 realize 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 fifteen 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.”
It’s obvious that Jade and Billie will somehow be related to Albert Wesker (Resident Evil’s most stylish and iconic villain), but the nature of their relationships is still up in the air.
The plot structure of the two timelines is also reminiscent of “The Witcher,” another Netflix show adapted from a book series by way of a massively popular game trilogy. The Witcher show also used the unconventional format of showing scenes and episodes out of chronological order, an approach that left viewers so divided and confused that explainers had to be written for the sake of context.
Netflix hasn’t announced a release date for the show yet, but if you want to familiarize yourself with the series, the recent remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 are great introductions to the Tyrant Virus and Raccoon City.
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