It has been a little over six months since the release of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, but Netflix is already getting ready to release a new live-action series inspired by Capcom’s smash-hit video game franchise, Resident Evil.
Netflix officially confirmed works on a Resident Evil series back in August 2020 but has kept the project under a lot of secrecy. With less than two months until the official global release of the series, here is everything we know so far about the long-anticipated upcoming series.
The Resident Evil Franchise
Starting as a survival horror first-person shooter video game, Resident Evil is one of the most popular horror franchises in history. First released in 1996, Resident Evil was an instant hit, selling millions of copies and even becoming the best-selling PlayStation game ever. In addition, this highly influential 1996 video game is often credited with the re-emergence of zombies in pop culture.
In its 25-year history, the franchise has sold over 100 million games and inspired the development of 12 titles, including three remakes. The series has also spawned the creation of seven live-action films, which have grossed over $1.2 billion globally, and a theme park ride in Japan. In addition, the Resident Evil franchise is often recognised for coining themes that have inspired other forms of entertainment, namely casino games. In fact, plenty of online casinos feature horror-inspired virtual rooms, where users can play virtual slots, bingo, and other popular gambling games that borrow some themes in the series. Titles include Alive! Megaways and Zombie Rush Deluxe, and new horror titles are being developed constantly, showing the endless inspiration this franchise provides.
New Raccoon City
The new Netflix Resident Evil series will feature eight one-hour long episodes that will release simultaneously on 14 July. Produced by Constantin Film, the series will be set in two different timelines. The first is set in 2021 and tells the story of Jane Wesker, who moves to New Raccoon City with her sister Billie and her dad. As Jane adjusts to her new life in a new city, she notices that her dad may be working on a secret project that could be catastrophic for the whole world.
The second timeline is set fourteen years later, in 2036, and shows how life on Earth has radically changed. Following the widespread release of the T-virus, there are only 15 million people on the planet and more than 6 billion humans have turned into aggressive zombies. Forced to fight for her survival, Jane must also uncover some of her father’s secrets and her sister’s whereabouts.
In a news release, Netflix has stated that the series will “redefine the legendary horror franchise” and that it will combine “the best of the Resident Evil DNA”. The first trailer for the upcoming series, released on 12 May, features images of a post-apocalyptic London, Umbrella secret labs and plenty of zombies.
In addition, it has already been revealed that the first episode is titled “Welcome to New Raccoon City” and was written by Andrew Dabb. The cast will feature Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker, Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, and Adeline Rudolph.