Luckily, this little posting snafu revealed the premise for Netflix’s Resident Evil series: “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-sex years after the discovery of the T-Virus, secrets held by the three will start to be revealed at the first signs of outbreak.”
There’s a surprising amount to pull out of such a small blurb. First of all, Clearfield is a fictional city and isn’t a canonical location in Resident Evil lore as it stands today. The initial outbreak city in canon is Raccoon City, located in an unspecified part of the midwestern U.S. It seems like the Netflix series might be interested in melding preexisting canon together by making it all geologically centralized. For example, the development of the T-Virus was a government conspiracy, and Washington D.C. (and the President) is featured in many games, so it makes it more narratively convenient to relocate the first outbreak to the east coast. Greenwood Asylum is also not a canonical location, but it could easily take the place of the Arklay Mansion, where the original T-Virus incident began. Any ol’ spooky abandoned place can be used for illegal biohazardous weapon experimentation, after all.
In this day and age of zombie market saturation, it will still take some kind of twist to garner the attention of the general Netflix crowd. The T-Virus was originally developed by egomaniacs hellbent on a mission of eugenics — returning to that theme now, rather than the usual handwaving around a sudden, inexplicable virus would be a good start. Albert Wesker is one of the better video game villains out there, and is worth adapting into a TV show.
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