The first trailer for Netflix’s Resident Evil TV series has been released – and it looks like a suitably menacing live-action adaptation of the iconic game series.
Released across the streamer’s various social media channels on May 12, the upcoming Netflix show bears all the hallmarks of a classic Resident Evil adaptation. Umbrella Corporation, hordes of zombies, plenty of nighttime action, and other sinister threats are all featured during the one-minute, 20-second video. Suffice to say, fans of the horror franchise should be licking their lips in anticipation.
Check out the teaser below:
Set primarily in the year 2036, Netflix’s Resident Evil series follows Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska), the daughter of notorious and villainous scientist Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick) as she searches for her sister Billie (Seina Agudong) in the midst of a new zombie apocalypse.
Wait, why a New zombie apocalypse? Because Netflix’s live-action adaptation takes place years after the events of the Resident Evil video game series, in addition to taking place in New Raccoon City in the not-too-distant future. Netflix’s live-action offering Resident Evil will jump between two timelines – today in 2022, and a 14 years after another outbreak (thanks to the Umbrella Corporation, again) occurs.
Oh, and there’s the glitch – spoilers – Albert Wesker dies in the horror game series. Clearly, then, Netflix’s TV show operates in its own sphere, even though it’s inspired by Capcom’s iconic franchise and appears to be set around the same time as the events of Resident Evil Village, the eighth game. of the series, according to GamesRadar.
Still, showrunner Andrew Dabb told Entertainment Weekly there was a reason for Wesker’s sudden resurrection, saying, “I don’t want to say too much, but I will say the explanation of why Wesker is how he is and how he is still alive go hand in hand.” Color us intrigued.
Netflix’s Resident Evil TV show is coming to the streaming giant on July 14. The eight-episode series is the second Resident Evil project to launch exclusively on Netflix, with the CGI series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness leading the way in July 2021.
Analysis: Dragging towards a better future?
The Resident Evil franchise has seen better days in film and TV. While Capcom’s game series has revived its faltering fortunes with monster hits in recent years – Resident Evil VII and VIII have rekindled fan interest in the series – its film and TV offerings have been less well received.
Currently, Infinite Darkness holds a 5.7 out of 10 rating on IMDb.com, while its score on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes is equally poor – the anime series holding a rotten 39% rating among viewers. viewers.
Other recent adaptations haven’t done much better. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, a live-action movie that hit theaters in late 2021, holds a 5.2 out of 10 rating on IMDb and a 65% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, no Resident Evil movie – including the sextet with Milla Jovovich – has earned a Rotten Tomatoes rating (among critics, that is) higher than 37%. That award went to Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 2016, while Resident Evil: Apocalypse in 2004 has the honor of registering a paltry 19% on the same site.
So it’s clear that something has to change, and Netflix’s live-action show may be the one to resurrect Resident Evil’s fortunes on screens big and small. It’ll be over a month before we know for sure – we don’t expect reviews to drop until about a week before release – so the jury will be out until then. Fingers crossed that Netflix’s live-action adaptation launches the franchise into film or TV, and doesn’t force it to dump its killer reel once and for all.