‘Resident Evil,’ ‘Mortal Instruments’ and ‘Underworld’ All Getting TV Series

By October 13, 2014
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While nostalgic films like Say Anything and Uncle Buck have proven to be popular source material when it comes to creating new TV series (though the former got the axe already), a few new TV series are in the works based on more contemporary films.

First up, Constantin Films has announced plans to bring their Resident Evil franchise to the flickering box, and they’ll also give The Mortal Instruments another try, this time on the small screen.

Resident Evil has been pumping out films consistently since 2002, and the sixth and final film is on the way, but it’s been delayed until after director Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich have another baby. Once the final film hits the big screen, Constantin will focus on bringing the property to television, though it’s not clear how that will unfold, or if it will have any ties to the film series at all.

The Mortal Instruments

As for Mortal Instruments, it’s Constantin’s seemingly desperate effort to salvage the property after the first film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, bombed at the box office. A sequel, City of Ashes, was going to immediately follow the first film, but the failure of the first movie has stopped it dead in its tracks.

Based on Cassandra Clare’s popular young adult book series, the story follows Clary Fray, a young girl who learns, after the disappearance of her mother, that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.

The TV show adaptation isn’t too far off with the company’s executive board chairman Martin Moszkowicz acting as showrunner. There are also rumblings that Ed Decter (“Unforgettable,” “The Client List,” “In Plain Sight”) is involved as well. Though the film obviously wasn’t a hit on the big screen, it’s the kind of thing that could easily find an audience on TV.

Underworld

Finally, while there’s development of a new Underworld film with Theo James stepping up to lead the franchise, the vampire and werewolf war made popular by director Len Wiseman and star Kate Beckinsale will get a TV series too.

Wiseman cleared up some details about the developing fifth film in the Underworld franchise, revealing that Kate Beckinsale would be involved in some capacity (despite initial reports to the contrary) and that there’s a spin-off on the way, he added (via IGN), “And then there’s a television series as well. So it’s all kind of expanding that universe in many ways.”

Again, this is the first we’ve heard of an Underworld TV series, so it’s not clear how if it would stand on its own, or have ties to the film franchise. It’s yet another property that could find a big audience on television as the medium is in a new golden age, with audiences having easier access to more shows than ever before, allowing for more accessible serial storytelling. We just hope that maybe more original shows will pop up instead of recycling what we’ve already seen played out on the big screen.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Lil Dragon

    I am only interested in RE to see how they handle it. Underworld would be interesting. I think that there is a lot to explore there.