The dead will rise yet again. Popular horror videogame franchise Resident Evil is set to follow in the shambling footsteps of The Walking Dead and receive its own TV series.
Martin Moszkowicz from Constantin Film, which owns the movie rights to Resident Evil, confirmed that a television adaptation was on the cards. It is expected to arrive after the release of the next movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The sixth instalment in the series starring Milla Jovovich begins filming in summer 2015.
The first Resident Evil game, known as Biohazard in Japan, was released for the Sony Playstation back in 1996. The various sequels have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, with the next edition, Resident Evil: Revelations 2, due early 2015 for all current consoles. With a few variations, the videogames have stuck to their scary survival horror roots, as characters battle the evil Umbrella Corporation that aims to turn everyone into zombies. For some reason.
The first Resident Evil film was released in 2002 and rapidly diverged from the videogame storyline. Now an out-and-out action series set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, it sees main character Alice given ass-kicking superpowers. For some reason.
It’s not known whether the prospective TV series will follow the daft action storyline of the films, or the daft conspiracy storyline of the videogames.
Speaking in Cannes, Moszkowicz also announced TV adaptations of the movies/books Perfume and The Mortal Instruments. “Constantin has a lot of feature film brands and we are moving them into television,” he explained, “We own the rights to the book series The Mortal Instruments and we just hired a show runner in Los Angeles.”