Following an initial leak earlier this year, Netflix has confirmed a live-action Resident Evil is in the works. The new series will focus on a new story while incorporating elements from the Capcom franchise. The story, written by Supernatural‘s Andrew Dabb, will follow two timelines and the two children of series antagonist Albert Wesker. Daughters Jade and Billie will star in each timeline, according to the show’s official synopsis:
In the first timeline, 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world.
Cut to the second timeline, well over a decade into the future: there are less than fifteen million people left on Earth. And more than six billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this New World, while the secrets from her past — about her sister, her father and herself — continue to haunt her.
Netflix has greenlighted eight hour-long episodes of the series and will come from Constantin Film, the same company behind the Resident Evil film franchise. Whether or not the series will take place within the same universe is unknown. However, it was earlier reported that a reboot of the film series was also in the works.
“Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time,” Dabb said in a press release. “I’m incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and bring the first ever Resident Evil series to Netflix members around the world. For every type of Resident Evil fan, including those joining us for the first time, the series will be complete with a lot of old friends, and some things (bloodthirsty, insane things) people have never seen before.”
In other entertainment news, Netflix has canceled Altered Carbon after two seasons.