With Assassin’s Creed the latest failed attempt to adapt a popular videogame into a cinematic adventure, perhaps shifting focus to the small screen might be the way to go.
And to that end, Adventure Time executive producer Fred Seibert could be ahead of the curve, with rumors circulating he’s plotting an animated version of the long-running Castlevania franchise.
“We have a project right now that we’re doing that needs to go unnamed, based on one of the most world-famous videogames of the last 30 years, that we’ve had in our shop for 12 years without being able to get it started. But there were great characters and a great story, and eventually we got it going.”
Granted, Seibert doesn’t specifically name the vampire-themed gaming series, but his company has owned the rights to Castlevania for years. And in a Facebook post from last year, fellow producer Adi Shankar mentioned that he would be working with Seibert to adapt Castlevania into an animated series.
Launching on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, the original Castlevania followed Simon, the youngest member of the vampire-hunting Belmont family, as he embarked on a quest to locate and slay Dracula. Subsequent games in the series have explored the centuries-long battle between the families with descendants of both Belmont and the vampire lord himself, with players taking on the role of Dracula’s son in the most acclaimed installment, 1997’s Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
A film adaptation of Castlevania was optioned in 2005, and despite numerous studios and directors being attached, it continues to languish in development hell.
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