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Resident Evil is an upcoming German-American television series created by Andrew Dabb and Martin Moskowicz of Constantin Film. Held back by the Coronavirus pandemic, the series was originally intended to be produced throughout Summer 2020 for a 2021 release. Its current status is presently unconfirmed, but Season 1 will consist eight hour-long episodes.[1] The series introduces a new universe, set in the lead-up and the years after a global T-virus pandemic, and the story will revolve around Billie and Jade, twin sisters created as part of a secret project by Albert Wesker.

Plot summary

"The town of Clearfield, MD has long stood in the shadow of three seemingly unrelated behemoths – the Umbrella Corporation, the decommissioned Greenwood Asylum, and Washington, D.C. Today, twenty-six years after the discovery of the T-Virus, secrets held by the three will start to be revealed at the first signs of outbreak."
— An early Netflix summary from February, before filming took place
"Nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-virus, an outbreak reveals the Umbrella Corporation's dark secrets. Based on the horror franchise."
— The official Netflix summary from August.

The series plot is spread out over two timelines, allowing plot-points to intersect while showing two contrasting settings. In the first timeline, 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker have moved to a planned community, New Raccoon City with their father. As they investigate the strange goings on, they stumble onto the truth about the city, their father, and themselves. In the second timeline, set some 16 years later when Jade is 30 years old, the human race has been reduced to a population of 15 million following a global T-virus pandemic and she struggles to survive on her own.[1]


No. Title Writer Director
1 "Welcome to New Raccoon City" Andrew Dabb Bronwen Hughes



Planning for the Resident Evil TV series began in 2014 after a shake-up within Constantin Film, which sought to invest its licenses in long-running television adaptations. Producer Martin Moszkowicz announced two shows that year that would be adapted, the first being Shadowhunters, an adaptation of the Mortal Instruments book series following Screen Gem's shelving of the film project, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes. This show was part-funded by ABC and went through three seasons before its cancellation in 2019. The second show announced was a Resident Evil series, which was to begin work following the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.[2][3]

Due to two hiatuses during production of the film, pre-production of the TV series was delayed considerably, and interest was renewed in 2019, with Deadline taking notice of Constantin's negotiations with Netflix for distribution rights.[4] By 2020, Andrew Dabb had been appointed as showrunner and was in the process of developing the story for an eight-episode series. An early version of the show's premise was inadvertently leaked on 7 February 2020 following the addition of the official webpage to Netflix's servers, making the series temporarily present in search results.[5] This was quickly reported on by the Brazilian fan-site Resident Evil Database.[6] Within hours, Netflix hid the show from its results.[7]

Though the series was to begin filming in June 2020 in South Africa, the Coronavirus pandemic put limits on television filming there, with it rescheduled to sometime in 2021.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 実写のNetflixオリジナルシリーズ『バイオハザード (原題)』全世界独占配信決定! (Japanese). Capcom. Retrieved on 2020-08-27.
  2. Constantin to Produce TV Series Based on ‘Mortal Instruments,’ ‘Resident Evil’ Franchises. Variety. Retrieved on 2020-02-10.
  3. Fwd: THE DAILIES - TUESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2014. WikiLeaks. Retrieved on 2020-03-02.
  4. ‘Resident Evil’ TV Series In Works At Netflix. Deadline. Retrieved on 2019-01-24.
  5. Search results for: Resident Evil (10). Netflix Media Center. Archived from the original on 2020-02-07. Retrieved on 2020-02-07.
  6. Em primeira mão: as primeiras informações REAIS da série de Resident Evil da Netflix! (Brazilian-Portuguese). Resident Evil Database. Retrieved on 2020-02-07.
  7. Search results for: Resident Evil (10). Netflix Media Center. Archived from the original on 2020-02-07. Retrieved on 2020-02-07.
  8. ‘Resident Evil’: ‘Supernatural’ Showrunner Explains the Difference Between His Netflix Series and the Reboot Movie. Retrieved on 2021-02-16.

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