A new survival horror story is on its way to Netflix courtesy of the upcoming animated “Resident Evil” series.
“Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness” is an original CG anime series focused on familiar protagonists from the Capcom games, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, Polygon has revealed.
Both Leon and Claire have been part of the franchise as far back as the original “Resident Evil 2” released in 1998 and have subsequently appeared in other editions. Now, they’re being animated in a series with a decidedly horror-action vibe.
“By adding suspense into dynamic action scenes, this series will reveal a Resident Evil world unlike anything seen before,” Capcom said in its official description of the project that was originally mentioned a month ago.
The first teaser for the series has familiar elements of darkness and creepiness that fans of the series first came to love in the original PlayStation title back in 1996.
In the trailer, Claire is shown outside a dark house that she enters armed with nothing but a flashlight. As she goes inside a room, she hears the sound of bat wings and turns her flashlight on to the animal before focusing on something that has spilled on the floor.
As her flashlight traces a path of other smashed items on the floor, the logo for “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness” flashes on the screen.
The scene then shifts to a mindless zombie like the thousands that fans of “Resident Evil” have faced for over 20 years. A gunshot goes off to reveal Leon holding the gun that eliminated the zombie before the Netflix logo appears.
Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a longtime producer on the “Resident Evil” series, will produce and supervise “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness.” Previously, Kobayashi produced the three computer-animated films, “Resident Evil: Degeneration,” “Resident Evil: Damnation,” and “Resident Evil: Vendetta.”
TMS Entertainment will produce the series, while Quebico will be in charge of the 3D CG animation production.
Netflix will also feature a live-action “Resident Evil” show focused on Jade Wesker. It is presumed that she is a relative of the infamous Albert Wesker, another name familiar to fans of the series. Albert had ties to the notorious Umbrella Corporation, the company responsible for the zombie outbreak in Raccoon City.
There have been six films produced based on the “Resident Evil” franchise beginning in 2007 with Paul W.S. Anderson serving as screenwriter for all of them.