Resident Evil Fever is high with the impending release of the second game’s remake. The production company that holds the film and TV rights to the series, Constantin Film, is striking while the iron is hot. They’ve entered a deal with Netflix to start development on a Resident Evil TV series.
According to Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, “I hear the plan is for the series to expand the Resident Evil universe and deepen the exiting mythology. I hear the series will keep the basic premise, which also served as a setup for the movie franchise. The drama series will explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus.”
Constantin has held onto the RE rights for quite a while; they were responsible for all six existing Resident Evil movies, though their content had more to do with director Paul W.S. Anderson using the property to create fantasy fetish stories about his wife (star Milla Jovovich). Anderson and Jovovich are off doing their own thing somewhere else now, this time with the Monster Hunter property. At least they’re happy.
When we last heard from Constantin, their plans were a bit different: they wanted to reboot the movies and start over with a new one. They had recruited horror superstar James Wan to craft a new take on the series, but now we hear those plans have fallen through. The movie idea isn’t completely dead; Constantin is looking into hiring Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) to write and direct.
Keep in mind this plan is still in its early stages and could go nowhere. If we hear more about the Resident Evil TV series, we’ll bring the info to you.