Well, it seems like those comments from last year are now becoming a reality. Just like the resurrection of the dark lord Count Dracula himself, Castlevania will once again be reborn. And this time it’ll be arriving as a prestigious Netflix Original series.
The announcement, which came via a a recent press release, confirmed that TV and Film juggernaught Netflix will be adapting the famous retro franchise into a multi-season animated tv series. It also confirmed that season one will arrive as early as later this year. There’s even a second season already locked in for 2018.
The official description from Netflix states that series will follow “the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself”. However, beyond this there is no extra information coming out of Netflix.
The project itself is being produced by Adi Shankar, a man most famous for the likes of the 18-rated Dredd, The Grey, and Power/Rangers, the short bootleg dark reimagining of the iconic 90s series. In the announcement, which came via Shankar’s personal Facebook account, he personally guaranteed that this Castlevania series “will end the streak and be the western world’s first good video game adaptation”. That’s some guarantee.
In an interview with IGN, Shankar also confirmed that the series will follow Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. He also personally described the upcoming show as being “Castlevania done in the vein of Game of Thrones”, and a show that will be inspired by the likes of Akira and Ghost in the Shell when it comes to art design. As such, Shankar says he’s aiming for this Castlevania Netflix Original to become America’s first R-rated animated series.
The only other information we have so far is that the script for the first two seasons has been written by British graphic novelist Warren Ellis. Alongside the fact that the project also involves Frederator Networks, the production company behind Adventure Time. A point which just simply adds to the excitement and anticipation.
There’s not long to wait now, and it’s probably safe to assume we should expect this just in time for Halloween. There certainly are exciting times ahead for fans of one of retro gaming’s most iconic and loved franchises, and I for one can’t wait.
Let’s just hope it lives up to Shankar’s promise. Though if it’s anything like Dredd, this could be one hell of an adaption.