The Resident Evil franchise stands out as one of the very few video game adaptations to not only become a financially successful movie, but a successful movie franchise. With five Resident Evil movies already released and a sixth installment on the way, the Resident Evil movies have consistently scored high enough at the box office to make the property a reliable earner from production company Constantin Film.
Resident Evil may soon find itself in a new home, however, as part of Constantin’s new move to produce more fiction series for TV. Constantin was present at Mipcom TV market in Cannes last week to launch its new TV series Shades of Guilt, and Constantin executive board chairman Martin Moszkowicz revealed that there are some other major plans in place as part of the company’s new focus on TV.
Variety reports that a Resident Evil TV series is now in development and set to launch after the release of Resident Evil 6 (though since production on Resident Evil 6 was recently delayed to 2015, that may be a long way off). Other properties being adapted for TV include Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and The Mortal Instruments. The latter of these two seems to be the furthest along the pipeline, since THR reports that showrunner Ed Decter (Helix) has already been hired to helm the Mortal Instruments TV series.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was released last year as part of the new wave of young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel adaptations designed to launch movie franchises. The film was a box office flop, but Constantin nonetheless announced that a sequel – The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes – had been green lit. Apparently the company has since reconsidered and decided that the property is better suited to the small screen.
Resident Evil is based on the series of survival horror/action horror games by Capcom, and the films star Milla Jovovich as Alice, a private security operative who becomes embroiled in a series of conflicts after the release of the deadly T-virus. It’s unclear whether Constantin intends to cast Jovovich in the Resident Evil TV series, and it’s similarly uncertain whether The Mortal Instruments‘ lead Lily Collins will return to play super-powered lead Clary Fray in the latter TV show adaptation.
Constantin’s recent English-language films – which include period disaster movie Pompeii and 3D animated family film Tarzan – haven’t exactly reached impressive numbers at the box office, which might be why the company sees TV as a better bet. Moszkowicz claims that Constantin is “moving rapidly” with these plans, so we should be able to bring you more news soon.
We’ll keep you updated on the Resident Evil and The Mortal Instruments TV shows as development continues.