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Resident Evil Comes To Television…Sort Of

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Resident Evil, originally introduced in Japan under the name Biohazard, is one of the most successful survival horror video game franchises of all time. The series has had its highs and lows, but a good number of Resident Evil games are solid, and the brand is more often than not a mark of quality.

So it’s frustrating to watch how Resident Evil has been treated by Hollywood. A long, long series of RE movies started in 2002, with director Paul Anderson casting his wife Milla Jovovich in the starring role in each one. Characters from the games would make cameos now and then, but overall, it was Resident Evil in name only.

But then Netflix announced they had acquired the RE license and would be producing the world’s first live-action Resident Evil series. With no Anderson nor Jovovich in sight, it was a second chance to give us the proper adaption we wanted all along. …Bad news, folks, it ain’t happening this time either.

The first details on the series were released today, and once again, the focus will be around inserted characters who do not appear in the games. Did you know Albert Wesker had two daughters? You do now: meet Jade and Billie Wesker, twin siblings who move to New Raccoon City when they’re fourteen. “The more time they spend there,” reads the description, “the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets.” But just when you start wondering when the portal to the Upside-Down will open up, a twist is thrown in…

The series is set on a dual timeline, and the future story takes place in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infected Earth where Jade is one of the only survivors and the wherabouts of her sister are unknown. Kinda takes the suspense out of the earlier timeline if we know they’re gonna fail, even if it’s a foregone conclusion anyway.

Andrew Dabb, showrunner of some of the worse seasons of Supernatural, will be running this one. A first season of eight episodes has been ordered and the show will premiere at an unannounced future time on Netflix, a division of Umbrella Corp.