Videogame adaptations have historically struggled to connect with audiences. But producer Adi Shankar thinks he may have found a way to shake up Hollywood’s contentious relationship with the medium.
We’d already heard that an animated take on popular game series Castlevania – which pits the vampire-hunting Belmont family against Dracula himself – was in development as a television project, potentially with Adventure Time executive producer Fred Seibert involved.
Now, courtesy of Shankar himself, we have the official update.
The producer behind buzzed-about unauthorized short films like Dirty Laundry and Power/Rangers went on Facebook to announce Castlevania will debut this year on Netflix, with Season 2 already slated for 2018.
Moreover, he confirmed the creative team will include Kevin Kolde (also of Adventure Time) and comic book writer Warren Ellis, the latter of whom has written every episode of the show’s first season.
However, just because Castlevania is brought to you by some of the minds behind the relatively family-friendly Adventure Time, don’t assume the animated Netflix series will cater to younger viewers. In fact, just a day after his Facebook post, Shankar spoke to Collider about what fans can expect from the show’s tone.
“The show has a Game of Thrones vibe to it.
“I’m personally guaranteeing that this is going to be the best (expletive) videogame adaptation ever made to date … I’ve seen it, and it’s (expletive) amazing.”
The Castlevania series has been long designed as a dark medieval fantasy, and with the ongoing popularity of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the comparison seems like not only a fitting one – given the material at hand – but also a slick way to generate interest in the new series. After all, Game of Thrones is nearing the end of its run, and fans of the Westeros saga may be hungry for a similarly carnage-filled tale.
Furthermore, Shankar compares the “super R-rated” style of Castlevania to beloved anime like Akira and Ghost in the Shell.
The Castlevania series reportedly will be based on the 1989 title Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, but dozens of games have been released in the past 30 years. So if Shankar and company deliver a hit with this new Netflix show, there is plenty of material to mine in subsequent seasons.
Here’s hoping the vision behind the show lives up to the pedigree and satisfies the global fanbase the games have cultivated over the years.
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