Netflix's Failed Resident Evil Adaptation Attempt Has Been Cancelled After One Season
After just one season, Netflix cancels its live-action television version of the well-known horror game series Resident Evil.
The eighth and latest main-series installment of Capcom's renowned Resident Evil survival horror game series, Resident Evil Village, was released last year. The now-canceled Netflix series was simply the most recent effort to adapt the concept into live-action. Sony produced a hexalogy of live-action Resident Evil movies from 2002 to 2016. The subsequent four films did not fare as well with audiences as the first two did.
Additionally, none of the six films managed to win over reviewers. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, a live-action remake movie, was released by Sony last year. Similar to Sony's original two Resident Evil movies, the remake was generally ignored by reviewers but did manage to draw in a sizable audience. Netflix's CG anime series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness was launched last year, and it came before its live-action series adaptation of the video game property. Both reviewers and viewers had mixed to unfavorable reactions to the anime.
Netflix has terminated Resident Evil after one season, according to Variety. The eight episodes of the video game adaptation's first season debuted on July 14 of last month. Resident Evil's first week saw over 72 million hours of streaming, making it the second-most viewed Netflix program that week, behind Stranger Things Season 4. During its second week of availability, Resident Evil plummeted to the third-place position, and by the third week, it was completely gone from Netflix's top 10.
Resident Evil on Netflix had a tepid response from reviewers; it now has a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 55%. The consensus of the reviews states, "While Resident Evil gets closer than past adaptations to reflect the complex narrative of the renowned video games, this zombie serial could still use more brains." The show now has a 27 percent viewership score while receiving mostly negative reviews from viewers.
Ella Balinska and Tamara Smart played Jade Wesker and Billie Wesker, respectively, Adeline Rudolph and Siena Agudong played Evelyn Marcus, and Lance Reddick played Albert Wesker and his numerous clones in Netflix's Resident Evil. Anthony Oseyemi, Connor Gosatti, Ahad Raza Mir, Pedro de Tavira Egurrola, Ella Zieglmeier, Turlough Convery, and Emily Child were among the recurrent cast members of the program. There were plans for the well-known video game character Ada Wong to make an appearance in a hypothetical second season, but the showrunners will learn from their error and not make the same mistake again by hoping for a second season to perhaps pay tribute to the source material.