Netflix’s action horror series Resident Evil, which was inspired by the iconic video game genre, will not return for a season 2. Since the drama did not perform particularly well in Netflix’s Top 10 and cost vs. viewing is the streamer’s top renewal criterion, the announcement, which comes a month and a half after the series’ July 14 release, is not wholly shocking.
Resident Evil’s first weekend ratings of 72.7 million hours were really fine, but they were #2 behind the much larger Stranger Things. While it did well in its second week with 73.3M hours viewed and a No. 3 ranking, the show’s viewership steadily declined after that and it dropped out of the Top 10 after only three episodes. Rotten Tomatoes critic scores for the latest Resident Evil installment were 55%, and audience scores were 27%.
Netflix cast Resident Evil with a captivating and varied ensemble, with the hope of continuing to collaborate with them. As an example, Paola Nez, who will be seen in both the upcoming Netflix series Fall of the House of Usher and the Netflix Latin American film Fuga De Reinas, is already benefiting from this practice.
Season 1 ended with Albert sacrificing himself in 2022 to help Jade and Billie escape Evelyn after it was revealed Billie had been infected with the T-virus. Before dying, Albert left his teenage daughters an address for Ada Wong, telling them to seek her out. In 2036, Billie shot Jade in the stomach and kidnapped her daughter Bea after watching Jade’s giant, genetically modified crocodile refuses to harm her.
The show Resident Evil, created by showrunner Andrew Dabb, is set in the year 2036. Surrounded by the infected and other monsters, Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) struggles to stay alive 14 years after a virus wiped off humanity. Jade’s memories of New Raccoon City, including her father’s sinister ties to the Umbrella Corporation and, more importantly, what happened to her sister Billie, haunt her throughout this horrific carnage.
Actors including Balinska, Reddick, Smart, Agudong, Rudolph, and Nuez are featured in the show. We also have Ahad Raza Mir, Connor Gosatti, and Turlough Convery in the cast.
Dabb co-wrote and served as an executive producer with Mary Leah Sutton. Additionally, Robert Kulzer and Oliver Berben, both of Constantin Film, act as executive producers. Studio head and CEO of Constantin Film Martin Moszkowicz also produced.
It was the streamer’s second time exploring the world of Resident Evil, and it was in live-action form. Video game voice actors Nick Apostolides and Stephanie Panisello were featured in the first animated series, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness.