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UPDATED: Resident Evil: The TV series?

October 14th, 2014 by Dave Bowling 5 Comments

Okay, so after a load of films bearing nothing more than a passing resemblance to the games (do NOT get me started on Apocalypse), it seems that a production company is pushing for a live-action TV series.

Taking its lead from Gotham, the series’ title is Arklay, described as being northwest of Raccoon City. This is of course the location that a generation of gamers found the Arklay Mountains, Arklay Mansion and Umbrella Inc.’s main T-Virus research laboratories.

Mance Media is behind the proposed series, created by newcomer Shawn Christopher Lebert. Should it be picked up, the show is to delve into the mysterious homicides of Raccoon City that preceded the original game.

And thanks to Bloody Disgusting, we have Mance Media’s pitch: “When Detective James Reinhardt is thrust into a series of bizarre homicides, he unravels the city is hiding a dark conspiracy. Learning a fatal virus is connected to it all, Reinhardt discovers it’s already coursing through him. With time no longer on his side, he must solve the conspiracy to save his own life”.

Come on… you’re at least curious…


Despite is running this story originally in August, it now seems that Contantin TV will now be handling the series in the near future. Little Else is known about it at this time according to Variety.

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

5 Responses

  1. Craig Berrington-potts says:

    Of course something like this was bound to happen on the back of the walking dead. I’m just surprised it hasn’t happened already. It will probably be substandard, rushed , clichéd, badly scripted, dire, badly acted devoid of original idea’s and corny. I was a massive fan of the resident evil games (res evil5 killed the franchise for me). I hope if they do it they take their time with it being developed. But it will always be compared to the walking dead.

    • I tend to agree… i just hope they give it time because there is so much mythology to explore (Marc)

      • Craig Berrington-potts says:

        Exactly. The mythology is there to be mined. I kind of like the film series and I’ll buy the blu-ray box set when they finish with it but those films became far too removed from the original material. Any series needs to be close to what we experienced on the PS one in the mid to late nineties. It was a complete revelation and revolution in gaming and it terrified me and will stay with me forever. The next 2 sequels would too. Capure that in a series and Im there. But th Walking Dead right now is king. (I’m hoping the Evil Dead series happens too but I have a bad feeling it’s pipe dreams). Love the pod casts.

        • Totally agree – I actually really like the first RE movie. And the first game is one of my favourite gaming memories along with Silent Hill. Let’s hope it is done right! Thanks for liking the podcast, sir (Marc)

          • Craig Berrington-potts says:

            Silent hill. That game chilled me to the bone. I was scared to put it back on and continue with it. That was one scary experience. I’d rigged up a crude surround sound at that point. My word it was terrifying. Kind of enjoyedvthe first film, not seen the sequel but Silent Hill would be an extremely cool series if done right.

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