EXCLUSIVE: Netflix chose not to order a second season Resident Evil, The action horror series is loosely based on the popular video game franchise. The news, which comes a month and a half after the show’s July 14 launch, comes as no surprise, as the drama hasn’t had a particularly strong showing in Netflix’s Top 10 and cost vs. viewing is the streamer’s main renewal criteria.
Running partly in the shadow of the great success of the genre Stranger Thingsreleased within the same time frame, Resident Evil debuted at No. 2 with an OK 72.7 million viewing hours. But it didn’t deliver the big Week 2 hit one would like to see for a new series as word of mouth spreads, with 73.3 million hours watched in its second week for a No. 3 finish before plummeting and falling from the top 10 after just three weeks. The last Resident Evil The incarnation also scored an overwhelming 55% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 27% from audiences.
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Netflix has assembled an exciting, diverse cast for Resident Evil and the goal is to work with them in the future. The streamer is already doing this with one of the actresses, Paola Núñez, who appears in the upcoming Netflix series Fall of the House of Usher and to Fuga De Reinasa Netflix movie from Latin America.
While Resident Evil not continuing, on the genre front, Netflix has hits like Stranger Things, Arcane, The Witcher, The Umbrella Academy, Shadow and Bone, Vikings: Valhalla, Sweet Tooth, Black Mirror, and the newest arrival, The sand which has erupted and is expected to renew. The streamer also continues to be aggressive in the arena with upcoming high-profile entries Wednesday, The Midnight Club, The Witcher: Blood Origin, Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, 3 Body Problem, One Piece and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Resident Evil, from showrunner Andrew Dabb, is set in the year 2036. Fourteen years after a deadly virus caused a global apocalypse, Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) fights for survival in a world overrun by bloodthirsty infected and insane creatures. In this ultimate carnage, Jade is haunted by her past in New Raccoon City, by her father’s chilling connections to the Umbrella Corporation but most of all by what happened to her sister, Billie.
The series stars Balinska, Lance Reddick, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph and Nuñez. Additional cast members include Ahad Raza Mir, Connor Gosatti and Turlough Convery.
Netflix’s ‘Resident Evil’ debuted at No. 4 in Nielsen’s streaming rankings
Dabb manager produced and wrote with Mary Leah Sutton. Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben are also executive producers. Constantin Film CEO Martin Moszkowicz produced and Constantin Film was the studio.
The live series was the streamer’s second foray into Resident Evil universe. The first was the cartoon series Resident Evil: Infinite Darknesswhich starred video game voice actors Nick Apostolidis and Stephanie Panicello.
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