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In the Mouth of Madness
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« on: February 14, 2019, 01:14:21 pm »

Resident Evil’ TV Series In Works At Netflix

by Nellie Andreeva •  tip
January 24, 2019 3:49pm
EXCLUSIVE: Resident Evil is headed to television. I have learned that Netflix is developing a scripted series based on the hit action horror franchise. I hear the series will be a Netflix global original. German production and distribution company Constantin Film, which is behind the Resident Evil movies loosely based on the Capcom video game series, is the studio. Search is underway for a showrunner to shepherd the adaptation.

No one is commenting but 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. While the project is in early stages, the series is expected to incorporate all of Resident Evil’s signature elements, including action sequences and “easter eggs.”

The Resident Evil film franchise, launched with the 2002 Resident Evil, consists of six movies to date, produced by Constantin, which had acquired the rights to the video game series, and distributed by Screen Gems. The franchise has cumulatively earned $1.2 billion worldwide to date to rank as the highest-grossing film series ever based on a video game.

Paul W. S. Anderson was behind the six-movie series, which starred Milla Jovovich and wrapped in 2016 with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Since then, Constantin Film brass have discussed plans to reboot the franchise, including as a TV series. Last month, the company hired Johannes Roberts to write and direct a potential feature Resident Evil reboot with a new cast.

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In the Mouth of Madness
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2019, 01:14:56 pm »

Constantin’s Resident Evil Reboot May Mutate Into A TV Series
By Michael Briers @briersytweets 9 months ago

Resident Evil 6

Could Resident Evil find new life on the small screen?

After six post-apocalyptic thrillers in only 10 years, writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson brought the curtain down on Alice’s storied saga with The Final Chapter, a conclusive, albeit underwhelming finale to one of the most beloved action series of the past decade.

That was back in 2016, and since then, Constantin Films has been plotting a big-screen revival of Resident Evil, one which will see the light of day through James Wan (The Conjuring, Aquaman) and Mortal Kombat screenwriter Greg Russo. But at least according to studio boss Martin Moszkowicz, that reboot may wind up becoming a full-blown TV series, as the Powers That Be look to find a new story angle now that Alice’s saga has ostensibly come to an end.

When asked about the possibility of Resident Evil shuffling onto the small screen, Moszkowicz told Variety the following:

For us, the main thing is to get it right creatively so people don’t think it’s more of the same. That’s what it’s all about these days, a fresh, different approach.

One thing’s for sure: Paul W.S. Anderson won’t be involved in the gestating reboot, regardless of what form it takes, as he’s already signed on to his follow-up gig: Monster Hunter. In fact, Anderson’s live-action rendition of the venerable Capcom franchise will also feature former Resident Evil mainstay, Milla Jovovich, so you can forget about any future RE collaborations from the real-life couple.

Said Moszkowicz:

He did six movies, earning $1.2 billion, 10 years of work; he felt it was time to move on.

It’s a little disappointing, of course, given Anderson and Jovovich helped steer the Resident Evil franchise for 10 long years. But their absence presents Constantin Films with perhaps the most exciting opportunity of all: a fresh start. More on this story as it develops.

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