Resident Evil TV show details posted by Netflix, then removed

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A year ago we posted about the rumours of a Resident Evil TV show being produced by Netflix, and now another piece of evidence has appeared—and then hastily been disappeared. Netflix posted a description of a Resident Evil TV show on their media center, then removed it, but thanks to the Wayback Machine we can still read it:

"The town of Clearfield, MD has long stood in the shadow of three seemingly unrelated behemoths – the Umbrella Corporation, the decommissioned Greenwood Asylum, and Washington, D.C. Today, twenty-six years after the discovery of the T-Virus, secrets held by the three will start to be revealed at the first signs of outbreak."

A decommissioned mental asylum is definitely spooky enough to be the centre of a Resident Evil story, and obviously it wouldn't be Resident Evil without the Umbrella Corporation. Clearfield is a less ridiculous name than Raccoon City, I guess? We'll see how it turns out.

I thought the first Resident Evil movie was one of the least-bad videogame adaptations around, and by the fourth movie they'd become so over-the-top ridiculous they were enjoyable again. A Netflix version might be aimed a little more down-to-earth than the one where an army of Milla Jovovich clones attacks the Umbrella Corporation's Tokyo office.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.