After posting and removing any mention of the show from its website back in February, Netflix is back to acknowledging the existence of the Resident Evil series it has in the works. And as it turns out, it won’t be a direct adaptation of any of the games, or seemingly star any of the series’ mainstay heroes.
Through a post on its social channels, Netflix confirmed the series will focus on the children of series antagonist Albert Wesker, and that they are about discover some secrets in a place called “New Racoon City,” implying that there has been some kind of renovation over the classic Resident Evil town.
When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything. Resident Evil, a new live action series based on Capcom’s legendary survival horror franchise, is coming to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/XWh5XYxklD
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) August 27, 2020
While Netflix’s social posts were light on major details, they did confirm that the series will have eight episodes in total, each clocking in around an hour in length and that Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) and Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead) will be directing the first two episodes. An interview with the Hollywood Reporter, however, brings a plot synopsis with some more details. According to the interview, the series will star 14-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker in alternating timelines set roughly 16 years apart:
“The Netflix series will tell its new story across two timelines. In the first, 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. The second, more than a decade into the future sees less than 15 million people left on Earth. And more than 6 billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now 30, struggles to survive in this new world, while the secrets from her past — about her sister, her father and herself — continue to haunt her.”
Oddly enough, the details on this new synopsis don’t match the one posted on Netflix’s site, which makes no mention of the Wesker sisters or New Racoon City. Doesn’t mean there aren’t elements that line-up between them in the final product, but it is interesting to compare the two and wonder how much has changed over the course of development:
“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.”
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At any rate, we now have another canonical instance of Albert Wesker having spawned children, presumably by fucking. In Resident Evil 6, it was revealed that James Muller, one of the game’s six playable characters, is actually Wesker’s son, and was, in fact, the product of doing the nasty, rather than a cloning subplot from Resident Evil 5 that gave multiple characters that last name. So just a reminder that this man canonically fucks: