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Report: Netflix is working on a Resident Evil series

By Christian Long
Resident Evil

It's looking like Raccoon City might be on the verge of expanding once again.

After a live-action trailer was released earlier today in conjunction with Capcom's hotly anticipated Resident Evil 2 remake, Deadline is reporting that there's a live-action TV series in the works at Netflix.

There are no official details at this point, but Netflix is apparently developing the zombie-killing sequel as a global original with Constantin Film. The German distribution company is the one behind the Resident Evil film franchise. The production is currently in search of a showrunner.

Apparently, the series will further explore the mythology behind Resident Evil while keeping the same basic story structure, which is centered on the nefarious Umbrella Corporation and the T-virus outbreak. It's also possible that it could be used as a setup for a rebooted movie franchise. Which is probably for the best, since star Milla Jovovich and her husband/director Paul W.S. Anderson have moved on to bringing Monster Hunter to the big screen.

Even though nothing's confirmed by either Netflix or Constantin at this point, this development would make a sense. Constantin released the first Resident Evil film in 2002, and it went on to spawn a whopping five sequels that grossed a collective $1.2 billion.

Since the last installment, the aptly titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, hit theaters in 2016, the German studio has been looking into a way to start fresh. Assuming this is true, a Netflix series seems like as good a way to do that as any, right?