The Resident Evil series has been officially confirmed after years of hoaxes and rumors that have been circulating online. With the popularity and prestige of the Resident Evil series, this is a huge addition to Netflix. With that being said what’s actually known about the upcoming Resident Evil series? Here’s everything we know so far about Resident Evil season 1 coming to Netflix likely in 2021.
Resident Evil is the upcoming Netflix Original series based on the Capcom game of the same name. The franchise beginning in 1996 has spawned numerous video game sequels, novels, and a popular movie franchise.
Two decades later the franchise is still going strong. With such a variety of source material at their disposal, we can’t wait to see what Netflix comes up with for their own original series.
Last Updated: 02/04/2020
What is the plot of Resident Evil season 1?
It’s early days yet but according to Deadline, the following has been said about the plot of the upcoming Resident Evil series;
“No one is commenting but I hear the plan is for the series to expand the Resident Evil universe and deepen the existing 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 ofResident Evil’s signature elements, including action sequences and “easter eggs.””
From this description, it doesn’t sound like the series will begin with the events of Resident Evil 1. An alternative approach from the Umbrella side of the story does sound very intriguing to which we may see characters such as Albert Wesker, James Marcus, William Birkin, and Oswell Spencer fleshed out. While unlikely hopefully, the events of the first season will take place around the Spencer Mansion in the Arklay Mountains.
How far in production is Resident Evil Season 1?
Finally, over a year after learning about the Resident Evil series, we’ve got some new information courtesy of our friends at Redanian Intelligence.
They revealed that the series is still going ahead with initial pre-production taking place in April 2020 before the main shoot between June and October 2020. As previously expected, the series is being filmed in South Africa. Eight episodes are set to make up the first season.
Production of the series is being handled by Constantin Germany, the studio that is responsible for the production of the Resident Evil movie franchise. Other titles Constantin are responsible for are;
- The Fantastic Four franchise
- Shadowhunters (TV Series)
- The Three Musketeers (2011)
- Pompeii (2014)
The team behind the Movie adaptations of Resident Evil are busy producing the live-action adaptation of the Monster Hunter game (Another Capcom franchise). Therefore an entirely different team will handle the production of the TV series. With the cancelation of Shadowhunters, there is a team ready and waiting to begin production.
Who is in the cast of Resident Evil Season 1?
A single cast member is yet to be cast for the first season of Resident Evil. We expect news surrounding the cast to arrive in the coming months.
Resident Evil has a vast amount of characters that Constantin films can select. It would be in the best interest of Constantin to use some of these characters to keep fans of the franchise engaged. As to where the timeline will begin for the series is up for debate but that will determine which characters may or may not be used.
As Netflix hasn’t announced a cast yet we’ve created our own cast wishlist for the series.
Will season 1 of Resident Evil be an anime, CGI or a live-action series?
The new Netflix Resident Evil series will be 100% live-action. Constantin Germany has only handled live-action adaptations of titles that have originated from video games, comics or novels.
Over the years there have been manga titles for the Resident Evil franchise which have yet to be adapted. With Original anime titles on Netflix becoming increasingly popular it wouldn’t be a stretch that an anime adaption could arrive eventually.
Will Resident Evil season one take place in the movie franchise world?
While this hasn’t been officially confirmed the series is unlikely to be taking place in the world of the Paul W. S. Anderson movie franchise. The upcoming tv series may, in fact, take place in the scheduled Resident Evil movie reboot but this too is yet to be confirmed.
Capcom and Constantin Films have been looking to reboot the franchise for a while now and director James Wan was originally on board to produce a rebooted film. He has since left the project and Johannes Roberts has taken his place. Depending on the release schedules it is likely the TV show will act as the introduction to the rebooted world of Resident Evil.
If the series were to be in the world of the upcoming reboot, it would certainly add an extra element to the rebooted franchise.
What’s the fan response online to Resident Evil season 1?
Rumors surrounding the series have been popping up for the past 2 years. Originally starting out as a hoax online, it was only recently that the series was confirmed to be coming to Netflix. Here are some of those fans that have had something to say surrounding the series.
— nikki (trikkiikkin) (@nikkiguam) January 28, 2019
In a perfect world Chyler Leigh would have been casted as Jill Valentine in a movie or tv show. She rocks the action scenes on SuperGirl and her acting skills is truly something amazing. @chy_leigh @RE_Games @Netflix #ResidentEvil #ResidentEvil2 #ResidentEvil3 pic.twitter.com/JbBOBI2G40
— Xander Webber (@umb_1998) February 4, 2019
— Samantha J. Foster Composer (@sjfostersound) February 4, 2019
The material from the hoax a couple of years ago is doing the rounds once again. Anyone claiming to know when the series is being released will sadly be 100% incorrect. All release dates are purely speculation at the time of this update (05/08/2019)
— Jeff De Vera (@JefDev) August 5, 2019
Is there a trailer for Resident Evil Season 1?
Don’t expect to see any trailers soon as production hasn’t begun. You can expect a teaser trailer to drop later this year when production begins. Instead here’s the timeline of events from the video game franchise.
Are you excited for the first season of Resident Evil? Also, how do you think they should approach Resident Evil? Let us know in the comments below!