Resident Evil may get its own TV series

As if you couldn’t get enough Resident Evil news this week, a tipster revealed that Resident Evil may be made into miniseries.

Inspired by the Resident Evil franchise, Arklay is a new scripted survival horror series that delves into the mysterious homicides of Raccoon City.

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.

Obviously after reading the pitch, you can see why this would be a better miniseries than a full-fledged crime drama.  Unless that virus has a really long gestation period (it doesn’t).  It would definitely be interesting to delve into all of those mysterious murders in the Arklay Mountains just before the onset of the first game.  But the catch 22 would be that fans of the series (or anyone who is at least has a passing familiarity with Resident Evil already know who’s behind the murders.

Take a look at the pitch reel.  It’s not actual footage from the show, but from others like it, to show the overall tone.

The series would be in production by Mance Media, who have been operating since 2012.  As for whether or not the series is actually in production, we’ll have to wait and see, as the site only states that it’s “Coming in 2015.” There’s also no word if this is an official production or a fan-web series, but the latter seems the most likely.

  • Guilherme Teruya

    Not sure how I feel about this.

  • Steve Bessant

    Nope. Bad idea. We’ve already got a zombie TV series and that has the benefit of a sprawling graphic novel source. A web series would be too low budget and like most web series just wouldn’t be very good at all, and if picked up by a network I imagine it’ll get a crap writer and director who aspire to make the show a bit like the films which again just aren’t very good.

  • Andy

    I don’t know how this would work. Not everything needs to made into a TV series. Plus it wouldn’t be interesting if there is no recognizable characters.

  • franky mcdonald

    Dear post secret.
    I would probably watch this.

  • splain

    I am not sure about the protagonist being infected by the virus.. But I think this could be pretty neat if it was focused on him catching onto the conspiracy; Brian Irons, the Birkins, the secret labs and the secrets going on through the sewers, the mansion. There is so much to be explored as a simple detective show that could be incredible fun to watch as a fan.

    The protagonist discovering a monster every now and then wouldn’t be so bad. No one would believe him if he told anyone anyways. They didn’t believe our other characters either until the Raccoon City incident.

    • reptar

      I agree. It would be cool to have antagonists like Irons, Birkin and included characters you only read about in files. A lot of those files could be adapted into episodes.

      It would be awesome if he became a zombie in the end, and did the whole “tasty..itchy…” thing

  • reptar

    The “release statement” refers to this series as “survival horror.” That’s enough for me to know it’s not an official production.

    The concept sounds great, if executed properly. I was pretty excited until I read “Not sure if this is an official production or fan..” LOL Jesus..

  • jj

    You guys know that all these clips are from the tv series Hannibal right? Lol

    • MrSandman

      It’s a pitch reel. It’s suppose to use clips from existing series and movies so the producer can express the kind of atmosphere they are trying to build the show with.