you played the games You’ve seen the filmsand now Netflix brings you a whole new one version of resident Evil unlike any you’ve seen before. The first teaser trailer for the mysterious, highly anticipated show has just been released and io9 spoke to showrunner Andrew Dabb about it.
That The eight-episode season begins July 14 and it follows a woman named Jade (Ella Balinska) as she struggles to survive in a world overrun by deadly zombies, creatures and all sorts of evils. It’s 2036, but 14 years earlier, she, her sister and her father Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick) were at ground zero in a place called New Raccoon City when the world basically ended. Told in both the past and future simultaneously, take a look at the parallel carnage happening in the new twist on the Capcom video game franchise. Then read more from the showrunner below about what to expect from the show.
So what exactly is going on here? Well, io9 was among a group of journalists who spoke to showrunner Andrew Dabb about the show earlier this week, and he broke it all down. First off, how does this show fit into the overall story of resident Evil? It’s basically two sequels to every single game there is, one in 2022 and one in 2036.
“The games are the backstory,” Dabb said. “So everything that happened in the games happened in this world in the timeline it happened in.” So if something happened in a game released in 1998, like Raccoon City, that happened in this world bombed with nuclear weapons, then that also happened in 1998.
So if games are canonical (up to and including the latest game, village, which Dabb says doesn’t play a role here – but is happening in his mind far away, almost contemporaneously with this story), but what about the movies? Dabb says the show occasionally borrows from the Paul WS Anderson saga, but that’s his vision resident Evil It was more about showing fans times during a zombie apocalypse that we don’t typically see.
“What we saw, a lot [in zombie movies] are the days, the weeks and even the months after that,” he said. “But what we haven’t seen a lot is the introduction, because the movie usually starts when the zombies show up, right? Before that it doesn’t really start. And then we didn’t see what the world would be like if it came to terms with what happened. Humanity is adaptable and we adapt to many things. We are literally adapting to COVID right now. We would adapt to a zombie outbreak. It may not be pretty and it may not look like Los Angeles 2023, but we would.”
This being resident Evil It’s not just zombies, however. There are many deadly creatures, some new and others fans might recognize immediately from the trailer. However, Dabb didn’t want to make the show all about Easter eggs and winking at hardcore fans. He wanted a show that was true to the games, but also something very unique. In fact, he gave a very famous example of what he is aiming for.
“[Fans] want something that feels like a natural extension of what they already enjoy. And I’d say the Marvel Universe does that very well,” Dabb said. “Most [Marvel] Movies do not adapt any particular comic. You borrow something here and there and build something new. That’s how we approach it. The games are canonical and I’m sure we make mistakes, but we didn’t knowingly violate any rules from the games. But at the same time, it’s not a direct adaptation of the games.”
However, if you are a fan of the games, you may have a question at this point. Resident Evil follows the family of Albert Wesker, Reddick’s character, who dies in a spectacular way end of 2009 resident evil 5. Dabb knows that might not make sense just yet.
“We are well aware that Albert Wesker was blown up by a rocket launcher onto a volcano,” he said. “There’s a very good reason Wesker is back, and it doesn’t matter that he was wearing lava and rocket launcher-proof clothing. So we are very aware of that. It’s being treated.”
But not everything is treated. When asked if this eight-episode season was a complete story, he said it was in terms of those characters, but not in terms of the overall plot. The hope is to do more in the future, although this is a later decision for Netflix. For now, Dabb just hopes that people watching this teaser will see that he has a new, fresh, but also faithful take on a beloved franchise. Something that fans new and old will react to.
“[Resident Evil] ain’t like I’ve seen online,’Riverdale with zombies.’ It is a resident Evil show,” he said. “It’s got the blood and guts and gore and monsters and secrets and betrayal and all that stuff. And I hope people really respond to that.”
resident Evil debuts on Netflix on July 14th and if you’re interested to see more, we’re told there may be an Easter egg in this trailer for fans to find…
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