Resident Evil (TV series)
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|Based on||Resident Evil|
|Developed by||Andrew Dabb|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Andrew Dabb|
|Production company(s)||Constantin Film|
Resident Evil[lower-alpha 1] is an upcoming American action horror streaming television series based on the video game series with the same name by Capcom which will premiere on Netflix. The show consists of eight, hour-long episodes. The show was produced by Constantin Film who have previously produced the Resident Evil film series, as well as Moonlighting Films, a South Africa-based production company which worked on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
The series will star Lance Reddick, Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Núñez. The series follows two timelines; sisters Jade and Billie Wesker moving to New Raccoon City. They come to realize that their father may be concealing dark secrets that could destroy the world. Over a decade in the future Jade now thirty try her efforts to survive the end of world.
Development on the television show project began in late 2018 following the cancellation of Shadowhunters, with Constantin approaching Netflix to finance the film, with production outsourced to Moonlighting Film, their South Africa partner on The Final Chapter. The series was formally announced in 2020, having been greenlit as an eight episode series with each episode one hour in length. Dabb was hired as showrunner alongside a number of other Netflix projects. Due to delays brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, production was delayed eight months and took place from February to July 2021.
The series is set to debut on July 14, 2022, on Netflix.
The series' main plot is spread out over two points in time – 2022 and 2038, with a gap of some 16 years. The "past" plotline deals with the struggles of 14 year old half-twins Billie and Jade Wesker, adopted children of Albert Wesker born through suspicious circumstances. Their lives take a dramatic turn when Albert is awarded an executive position at the struggling Umbrella Corporation that once employed him, and they move to the Umbrella's planned community, New Raccoon City. While there the two girls stumble onto the dark secrets behind the city's history and Umbrella's dark legacy, while their father coordinates a response to the outbreak of a retroviral bioweapon called T-virus.
In the "present" of 2038, the T-virus has reduced human civilisation to 15 million refugees living in walled city states, surrounded by the six billion "Zeroes" who contracted the disease and became roaming gangs of cannibals. The most powerful organisation left on Earth is the Umbrella Corporation, backed by its military arsenel, who are conducting a global manhunt for Jade.
- Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker
- Ella Balinska as Jade Wesker
- Tamara Smart as Young Jade Wesker
- Adeline Rudolph as Billie Wesker
- Siena Agudong as Young Billie Wesker
- Paola Núñez as Evelyn Marcus
- Mpho Osei Tutu as Yen
- Anthony Oseyemi as Roth
- Marisa Drummond as Guard
- Lea Vivier as Susana Franco
- Ahad Raza Mir as Arjun Batra
- Turlough Convery
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Welcome to New Raccoon City"||Bronwen Hughes||Andrew Dabb||July 14, 2022|
|2||TBA||Bronwen Hughes||TBA||July 14, 2022|
|3||TBA||Rob Seidenglanz||TBA||July 14, 2022|
|4||TBA||Rob Seidenglanz||Kerry Williamson||July 14, 2022|
|5||"Home Movies"||Rachel Goldberg||TBA||July 14, 2022|
|6||TBA||Batán Silva||TBA||July 14, 2022|
|7||TBA||Batán Silva||TBA||July 14, 2022|
|8||"Revelations"||Rachel Goldberg||TBA||July 14, 2022|
In January 2019, it was announced that Netflix was in development of a series based upon the Resident Evil franchise. No major updates were given, until August 2020 when it was revealed that the series had been picked up for 8 one hour episodes. It was also revealed that Andrew Dabb would write the series, in addition to him serving as an executive producer and showrunner. Bronwen Hughes was also executive producer and directed the first two episodes.
Production was originally set to take place from June to October 2020, to be handled by Moonlighting Films, which previously worked on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, however, these plans were shelved for the rest of the year. Over 2020 the series went through retooling, with the promotion of Jeffrey Howard as co-Executive Producer in place of Dabb who was busy overseeing Grendel. Production resumed on February 19, 2021, with principal photography split into four production blocks and concluding on July 9.
Casting took place in November 2020, with casting directors working in the United Kingdom, United States for the principal cast, and South Africa for the supporting cast and extras. American comedic actor Lance Reddick was cast in the role of Albert Wesker. The role of Billie Wesker was given to American actresses Siena Agudong and Adeline Rudolph, with British actresses Tamara Smart and Ella Balinska cast as her sister Jade. Paola Núñez was cast in the role of Wesker's assistant, Carol. Pakistani actor Ahad Raza Mir joined the cast for the role of Arjun Batra.
Principal photography took place from February to July 2021. Internal scenes were filmed on a soundstage at Cape Town Film Studios, while dilapidated local buildings such as the Werdmuller Center and the Maitland Abattoir were used for location filming. Production was divided into four production blocks, with directors Bronwen Hughes, Rob Seidenglanz, Batán Silva and Rachel Goldberg each responsible for two episodes each. As part of block 3, scenes were filmed aboard the Sarah Baartman and S.A. Agulhas, with the help of Frog Squad, a company specialising in underwater filming.
While Netflix maintained a press embargo on the series before and during principal photography, a synopsis for an early series pitch was accidentally published and then deleted. Similarly, an early copy of the first episode's script was published on archive.org before being taken down in a copyright complaint. The series was officially announced in August 2020, with Andrew Dabb posting the front page of the completed "Welcome to New Raccoon City" script, with the principal cast being announced near the end of filming in June 2021.
Marketing for the series proper began on 30 November with the opening of an official Instagram page for the series, which posted an image of a mutant dog which was set to appear. Two trailers were released online on 11 May, with the first two episodes aired at a private press screening. In attendance, Dabb described the original universe of the show as featuring the video games as their backstory and basis.
The series is set to be released on July 14, 2022, on Netflix.
- In some countries this series has alternate titles, such as "Resident Evil: Remedium" in Poland, "Resident Evil: Lék" in Czechia, and "Resident Evil: A Série" in Brazil.
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