Following the success of the Resident Evil 2: Remake, news surfaced of a Netflix TV series for the popular video game franchise.
Capcom’s remake of ‘Resident Evil 2’ had many fans foaming from the mouth since its release on January 25th.
The survival horror classic remake shipped three million units globally in its first week, the publisher announced on Tuesday. And since debuting in 1996, this popular series sold a total of 88 million units. But, if you thought that was the only juicy detail for this notorious flagship…you’re wrong.
The fan-favorite franchise is reportedly now getting a new Netflix series.
Deadline exclusively reports that Netflix is developing a scripted series loosely based on the video game. The TV rendition “will explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus.”
Constantin Film, the German production, and distribution company behind the Resident Evil movies is the studio for this upcoming program.
No further details have surfaced since the project is in its early stages. But, according to Deadline, the series is expected to “incorporate all of Resident Evil’s signature elements, including action sequences and easter eggs.”
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With society’s fandom of zombies, ‘The Walking Dead’ and it’s spin-off counterparts, this is a smart move from the company. But, it isn’t like Resident Evil hasn’t seen any previous movie or television screen successes.
Back in 2002, the Resident Evil movie franchise launched with its self-titled first installment. Since then six movies have been released: Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalpyse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016).
In my opinion, they all weren’t the greatest film representations for this video game. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes rated all of the films except the first two with mildly bad ratings. But clearly, the financial gains outweighed everything else. The franchise earned a cumulative $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing video game-based film series ever.
This means it outdid other video game movie adaptations like Silent Hill, Tomb Raider and more.
Resident Evil’s movie franchise successes seemed to have cause Constantin Films to discuss a potential reboot. Last month, the company hired Johannes Roberts to write and direct the potential Resident Evil reboot with a new cast, per Deadline.
Quite sad to see no involvement with Milla Jovovich, who was a big badass in the movies might I say. But if they do this right and pair it with video game updates leading up to its release, this franchise will continue to bang out big bucks.