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'Resident Evil' Netflix Live-Action Series: Release Date, Plot, Cast, and More

'Resident Evil' Netflix Live-Action Series: Release Date, Plot, Cast, and More

Twenty-six years ater the T-virus made its way out of an Umbrella Corporation lab we revisit the scene, and try to find out how things went sour so quickly.

Few series resonate as profoundly with gamers as the Resident Evil franchise from Capcom. The series has already spawned more than its fair share of movies, but streaming giant Netflix is ready to get in on the action. Initially announced in January 2019, this series intends to deepen the lore surrounding the Resident Evil universe. Fans of the game series will be holding their breath to see whether Netflix can bring their beloved horror series to life on the small screen.

One of the things that have plagued the horror genre is how difficult it is to translate the emotions it creates across different media. We already saw this with our preview of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, and the Resident Evil franchise is another stab at translating one medium of horror into another. However, we're glad that Netflix decided to leave behind Racoon City and set the story in a nearby township while keeping the tone and atmosphere of the series intact. If things go badly, we can just pretend the Netflix adaptation never happened.

Who Is in the Cast of Resident Evil?

Resident Evil

There hasn't been much discussion about who will be playing the roles we'll see in the series. Since the series will be set outside of Raccoon City and running parallel to the timeline of the games and movies, we might not even see the fan favorites from the games make an entrance. Gaming fans would be on the lookout for favorites such as Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine. Baddies such as Albert Wesker or Nemesis might make a showing as well. The setting of the series makes it possible that we'll be introduced to completely new hero characters, although the problems regarding the Umbrella Corporation are still the root cause.

What is the Plot of Resident Evil?

Andrew Wesker - Resident Evil

There isn't a lot of information regarding the plot of the series just yet. Even so, a few nuggets of data have shown up. From those, we can figure out what we should expect. The series is set in the town of Clearfield, MD, sitting in the shadow of Washington DC, the Umbrella Corporation, and Greenwood Asylum. According to a series description, the story picks up twenty-six years after the initial release of the T-virus. Based on the game's timeline, which puts the point at which the T-virus came out at around 1978, the setting for the series might be in 2004 in the RE universe. Even though we know the supposed era of the series, we're still in the dark as to whether it'll pick up where the games left off.

How Far in Production is the Series?

Resident Evil

Preproduction is currently taking place, with filming scheduled to be done between July and October of this year. The location for the shoot is in South Africa. From what we've heard, the first season will contain eight episodes - rather short even for a Netflix series. The team responsible for the production of this series isn't the same one that worked on the movie adaptation of Resident Evil. Capcom's franchises are seeing a lot of media attention recently, and the upcoming Monster Hunter movie adaptation is occupying the team that put in work on the first movie. With the cancellation of Shadowhunters, however, there's a production team waiting in the wings.

Initially, when Netflix made the announcement, many fans considered that it might have been a hoax. Since rumors have it that the series is going to be 100% live-action, we're probably not going to see the same sort of edited humans that we did for the movies. Whether this will lend more gravity to the setting or whether it'll just look cheesy remains to be seen.

When Does it Come Out?

There's currently no announced release date for this series. We do know it's coming, but we don't know when.

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