Early in 2019, Deadline reported that Netflix was developing a show based on Capcom’s hit series Resident Evil. A year later, Netflix itself seemed to leak the show with a (now-deleted) listing that gave a brief synopsis. However, Netflix refused to comment…until now. Earlier today, the popular streaming service tweeted out the first details of their upcoming survival-horror series, including its stars: the Wesker kids.
Introducing the Wesker kids
A photograph of the episode 1 script reveals its title as “Welcome to New Raccoon City.” The tweet teases that the “Wesker kids” will move to New Raccoon City and uncover secrets that “just might be the end of everything.” Further details were provided in a synopsis, including the revelation of two separate timelines.
In the first timeline, 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world.
Cut to the second timeline, well over a decade into the future: there are less than fifteen million people left on Earth. And more than six billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this New World, while the secrets from her past — about her sister, her father and herself — continue to haunt her.
Albert Wesker is the primary antagonist of the Resident Evil franchise, and in the games, he has a son named Jake Muller. However, the Wesker kids mentioned here seem to be all-new characters, so it’s not definite that Albert is involved. Still, I’d be shocked if the iconic villain didn’t make an appearance, albeit with an altered storyline. No release window has been announced at this time (probably due to a real-life virus), so we’ll just have to wait for more information.
Netflix assembles its Resident Evil team
In the meantime, we know this new Resident Evil show will contain 8 episodes, each an hour long. The series will be written by Andrew Dabb, best known for his work on Supernatural. Bronwen Hughes (a director on The Walking Dead and numerous other shows) is set to executive produce, and she’ll also direct the first two episodes. Netflix is developing the series in cooperation with Constantin Film, the team behind the live-action movie series.
If Wesker kids and New Raccoon City and dual timelines all seem like a bit much for fans of the games, Andrew Dabb wants you to know that he’s a mega-fan too.
Resident Evil is my favorite game of all time. I’m incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and bring the first ever Resident Evil series to Netflix members around the world. For every type of Resident Evil fan, including those joining us for the first time, the series will be complete with a lot of old friends, and some things (bloodthirsty, insane things) people have never seen before.
Dabb promises a blend of old and new, which is to be expected in a show based on video games. Hopefully, Netflix and the Resident Evil team can avoid some of the problems that have doomed so many past adaptations. Are you looking forward to the Wesker kids and New Raccoon City? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!