The Resident Evil films have never exactly been my cup of tea, but I have something of a begrudging respect for them. Their commitment to their own absolutely bizarre internal mythology, which breaks off entirely from the equally bizarre mythology of the games on which they are based, was ahead of its time in terms of modern blockbuster world-building, and I can't help but respect the kind of chutzpah it took for franchise auteur Paul W.S. Anderson to continually build upon that increasingly convoluted continuity for the simple pleasure of filming wife Milla Jovovich in increasingly fetishistic post-apocalyptic accouterment. I fell off somewhere around the third or fourth movie, so clearly they didn't do that much for me, but they made six of these damn things over the course of about two decades, so there's obviously an audience who keeps coming back for the weird shit this series has to offer.
Well, it seems like the folks over at Deadline have caught wind that Netflix wants to capitalize on that success with a television continuation of the franchise. There's currently no showrunner attached, but the show will come courtesy of Netflix and Constantin Films, the same production company as the film series. Here's the basic setup:
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.”
Okay, sure, I'd be willing to give a couple episodes of that a shot. This comes hot on the heels of last month's news that Constantin Films is working on a film reboot as well - notably without Anderson's or Jovovich's involvement - so maybe this reboot is a shared universe project. Not sure I want to commit myself to a whole Resident Evil Cinematic Universe, but keeping it constrained to a single TV show with some higher budget films between seasons might be enough to draw me in.
So what do you think, Strangers? Are ya buyin'? Leave a comment below, maybe tell us what you'd like to see from a Resident Evil TV show.