When the Resident Evil franchise finally concluded with The Final Chapter in 2017, most thought that it would be a while before we saw the franchise again outside of the long-running video games. But almost immediately it was announced that a rebooted film franchise was in development, and now it seems there’s a Resident Evil TV show in the works as well.
A scripted Resident Evil series is reportedly in early development at Netflix. Constantin Films – the same studio behind the film franchise – are working on this as well, and the series is expected to explore the inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world that has emerged since the T-virus was let loose.
While the project is in the very earliest of stages, the series is expected to incorporate all of the elements that fans loved about Resident Evil‘s many incarnations, “including action sequences and ‘easter eggs'”.
The studio is now on the hunt for a showrunner for the series. Last month they hired Johannes Roberts (The Strangers: Prey At Night) to write and direct the film reboot with an aim to start shooting this year. It’s unclear right now if the film and TV projects are related, or if Constantin is just trying to get as much Resident Evil on screens as possible, or maybe even trying to start an MCU-esque universe.
Having debuted as a video game in 1996, the first Resident Evil film arrived in 2002, and over time morphed from a zombie horror franchise into hectic action series. What route will this potential new show take? And will it cover similar ground or go in a new direction?