We love a good bit of Resident Evil absurdity here at Push Square, and so the live-action series based on the franchise just announced by Netflix sounds right up our alley. The streaming service has greenlighted eight hour-long episodes as part of a first season, written by Andrew Dabb of Supernatural fame. The show will tell an entirely original story based on two new faces to the franchise across separate timelines, and it's all heavily linked to series mainstay Albert Wesker.
The official Netflix synopsis is as follows:
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 that second timeline that really excites us -- seeing the human race do battle against an overwhelming undead force is a scenario we'd like to see media explore more. In a press release, Andrew Dabb said: "Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time. I’m incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and bring the first ever Resident Evil series to Netflix members around the world. 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."
It sounds like this one is in pretty safe hands then. Are you just as excited as we are about a live-action Resident Evil series on Netflix? Get hyped in the comments below.