For two decades, Milla Jovovich was the face of the Resident Evil franchise, starring in six films before wrapping the series with 2016’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Since Jovovich’s series ended, Resident Evil has continued to rise in popularity with promising new games coming out, and multiple Netflix projects in the works. Now, a new rumor says that Netflix wants to do a Resident Evil spinoff show with Milla Jovovich.
This rumor comes from gossip writer Daniel Richtman, who posted on his Patreon that Netflix is looking to bring Milla Jovovich back as Alice for a spinoff to her Resident Evil film series. While it’s not clear what Richtman’s source on this news is, it certainly seems like Netflix is packed with new ideas for more Resident Evil content, so at least discussions on bringing back Jovovich seem likely.
In recent years, Netflix has done a solid job adapting video games to their streaming platform, with shows like The Witcher and the Castlevania anime. With multiple other brands in development, including Assassin’s Creed and several Resident Evil projects, it wouldn’t be too outside the realm of possibility to imagine Milla Jovovich returning to the Resident Evil world. In an interview with ComicBook about her latest video game adaptation, Monster Hunter, Jovovich said that she would “always love to go back to the Resident Evil universe.” It’s possible Netflix might allow her the opportunity to return.
Yet Netflix already has so many Resident Evil projects already in development, it’s unclear if Netflix would want to make yet another for Milla Jovovich. Netflix is scheduled to release the anime series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness in 2021, which would follow Resident Evil 2 characters Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy. Netflix is also rebooting the Resident Evil film franchise, with Maze Runner’s Kaya Scodelario playing Chris Redfield, Upload’s Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, and Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine. It seems unlikely, however, that if Netflix is trying to reboot the film franchise, that they would also work on a spinoff set in the old franchise.
But interestingly, Netflix is also working on a live-action TV series based on Resident Evil, produced by Constantin Films, who also produced Milla Jovovich’s Resident Evil films. This new series will take place over two different timelines, an earlier timeline that follows the daughters of the series’ villain Albert Wesker, and a later timeline that jumps 16 years into the future when the zombie-infecting T-virus has taken over the world. Maybe instead of making yet another Resident Evil project that grants a spinoff to Milla Jovovich’s Alice, maybe this series will integrate Alice into this story.
On January 21, there will be an online Resident Evil Showcase, which looks to primarily focus on the upcoming game eighth game, Resident Evil Village, scheduled for release this year. But the teaser trailer for the event does point out there will also be more news revealed about the Resident Evil franchise as a whole. Whether that includes other games, or news about these upcoming Netflix projects is anyone’s guess. But regardless of whether or not Milla Jovovich does return to the Resident Evil franchise, this is an exciting time to be a fan of Resident Evil.