‘Resident Evil’: Will Netflix’s live-action live up to the popular games?
Video game adaptations have been hit or miss recently. On one hand, you have Netflix’s well-received Castlevania series. On the other hand, you have the recent Mortal Kombat reboot that got . . . mixed reviews. However, fans of video games will soon have another adaptation to sink their teeth into as the popular game franchise Resident Evil is getting a live action adaptation on Netflix.
The Resident Evil games have been a staple since 1996 with over 100 million copies sold worldwide. With that kind of reputation, Netflix has a lot of work to do to make this franchise work not only for themselves, but for the fans of the games.
Naturally, Twitter has already begun discussing this new adaptation of the Resident Evil games. We zombie-walked our way through the internet to find more information and the best reactions to the coming Resident Evil games adaptation. Grab your shotguns and dive into the latest news about the Resident Evil live action adaptation.
What we know so far
Netflix announced today that the role of Albert Wesker, the sunglasses-loving fiend himself, would be played by Lance Riddick of John Wick fame, with Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, and Paola Nuñez also appearing in the series. There’s currently no news about who these lovely ladies are portraying, but we cannot wait to see!
The show was ordered back in August and currently has no release date. Constantine Films will be the studio behind the project, with Andrew Dabb serving as writer, executive producer, and showrunner. Mary Leah Sutton, Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben of Constantine Films will also executive produce the series, showing just how many hands will be on deck for the show.
Netflix stated last year that the series will be written by Andrew Dabb of Supernatural fame, and the first two episodes will be directed by Bronwen Hughes from The Walking Dead. The story will plunge us right back into Raccoon City, the heart of all this undead misery.
Welcome to Raccoon City
According to Netflix, the description of the series is “When the Wesker kids move to New Raccoon City, the secrets they uncover might just be the end of everything”. This description has led some to speculate that there will be two storylines, both revolving around the Wesker family.
The first storyline will follow Wesker’s fourteen-year-old daughters Jade and Billie Wesker as they discover the secrets of their father’s shady past. The second storyline will follow a thirty-year-old Jade in the future, where the T-virus has destroyed the world.
The series seems to be loosely following the events of the first two games, giving fans something new as well as something familiar in this rendition of the story. Naturally, Twitter is already excited about the series and what it will mean for the franchise.
oh my god Lance Reddick is Albert Wesker in the Netflix Resident Evil show
— Paul Tassi (@PaulTassi) June 11, 2021
Twitter rising from the dead
With the announcement of Wesker’s casting, Twitter is abuzz over this adaptation of the Resident Evil games. Reactions to the upcoming series include:
Lance Reddick is going to be Wesker in the Netflix Resident Evil. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.
— TorberSane (@Torbersane) June 11, 2021
We’re looking forward to his performance too!
@lancereddick teasing a new Resident Evil project coming to Netflix. #WhoisWesker #GeekedWeek pic.twitter.com/SN3uGTPnm8
— Pfizer Papi aka B E A N Z (@photosbybeanz83) June 11, 2021
This series now has everyone’s attention, trust us . . .
Netflix is absolutely killing it with gaming IPs. League of Legends, Cuphead, Sonic, Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell, Far Cry, Castlevania, Resident Evil, and more. I love it!! pic.twitter.com/FK0q1p4I1n
— Skititlez (@Skititlez) June 11, 2021
Netflix is definitely on a roll!
#ResidentEvil live-action series is headed to Netflix pic.twitter.com/FEWb8v9jmH
— Caleb Williams (@KnightGambit) June 11, 2021
*Holds up hands* Can’t we talk about this?!
IM SO EXCITED FOR ALL THE RESIDENT EVIL STUFF COMING TO NETFLIX LETS GO pic.twitter.com/dLSBNDUPn6
— ☻☮︎ spider-ben! ࿔ mono enthusiast (@BIDERVERSE) June 4, 2021
Fans of the franchise, come get your juice!
What are your thoughts on this new adaptation of the Resident Evil games? Drop them below in the comments before the T-virus mutates again!