We first learned early last year that Netflix has begun developing a Resident Evil TV show. Unfortunately, details on the project have been slow to come, leaving some to wonder if the project was still happening at all. While the company has yet to weigh in on it officially, a new report sheds some light on things and suggests the video game adaptation is indeed on track and could begin filming this summer.
Before digging in, we must caution that this information should merely be regarded as a rumor for the time being until we get further confirmation. That said, a fan site largely focusing on The Witcher, a recent hit Netflix series, has some info on the Resident Evil show. Per the report, the first season will consist of eight episodes and is set to begin filming in June. Filming is expected to run through October, with pre-production work set to commence in April. The bulk of the production is expected to take place in South Africa.
This is encouraging, yet raises some questions. Netflix hasn't announced a showrunner for Resident Evil yet, nor have they revealed any cast members. It's possible these things are coming together behind the scenes, but with a high-profile project like this, it would seem some of that information would have made it out in the world by now. If filming is truly going to begin in June, we should expect to hear some of that information sooner rather than later. Constantine Film is behind the series, which will be based on the highly popular Capcom video games that have been going strong since 1996.
Constantine Film has big plans for the series. The studio is also in the midst of planning a movie reboot as well, which is to be penned by Greg Russo, who is also behind the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot. It hasn't been clarified if the movie reboot and the Netflix show will connect, or if they are entirely separate projects. It would make sense to have them exist in the same universe, if at all possible. Few details have been revealed, but when the show first came to light it was said it would "explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus."
The previous version of the franchise, across six movies, grossed $1.12 billion at the global box office, making it the most successful video game franchise in history. Capcom has recently been updating older Resident Evil titles, such as Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, for modern consoles. Since the series started in 1996, its various titles have sold more than 91 million copies worldwide. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Redanian Intelligence.