REPORT: Resident Evil Series In Development at Netflix

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According to a new report, a Resident Evil will become an original Netflix series. Capcom's video game survival horror franchise will get a live-action adaptation developed by German studio and distributor Constantin Film.

The series will reportedly aim to expand the universe set in place by the games and deepen the series' overall mythology, which involves the morally bankrupt Umbrella Corporation (and their various successors in later games) unleashing a zombie virus on Raccoon City, and eventually the world.

According to Deadline, the search for a showrunner is still underway, but the series will include the franchise's signature zombie-killing action and plenty of Easter eggs for the longtime Resident Evil fans.

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This announcement comes hot off the heels of the release of Resident Evil 2, a remake for current generation consoles that was released earlier this week to largely positive reviews.

Since Resident Evil was first released for the PlayStation in 1996, the survival horror franchise has spawned numerous sequels and become one of gaming's most iconic franchises. The last non-remake Resident Evil game was 2017's Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and it also released to largely positive reviews and sold over 5 million copies by March 2018.

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Outside of video games, Resident Evil has also found success as a live-action film franchise starring Milla Jovovich as Alice. Following 2016's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Constantin announced plans for a reboot, with a TV series floated as a potential option. The film reboot is still supposedly in development, but it's currently unknown how or if that would have any relation to the proposed Netflix series.

The prospective Resident Evil show joins Netflix's ever-growing slate of video game-based programming that includes a mix of live-action and animated shows like The Witcher, Castlevania and Devil May Cry.

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