A "Super Violent" Castlevania Mini-Series Is Heading Our Way
After months of circulating rumors, it looks like a mini-series based on the classic Konami game is coming to the small screen.
Konami's Castlevania series has long been lauded as one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, and as such, is often brought up in discussions of a potential film/TV adaptation. The platform game originally released on the FDS in 1986 (but later on both the NES and Playstation) centered around a vampire-hunting clan known as the Belmonts, and was at one time set to receive the blockbuster treatment, with Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat director Paul W.S. Anderson at the helm and Rogue Pictures backing the project. However, everything from the writer's strike of 2007 to the sale of Rogue Pictures to Relativity Media repeatedly delayed, then flat out left the adaptation dead in the water.
That is...(*in best Don LaFontaine voice*), until now.
That's right, a Castlevania mini-series is currently in the works, and better yet, it's going to be "super-violent, anime series" in the vein of Akira and Young Justice to boot. The news comes via noted producer/video game enthusiast/Chris Angel stunt double Adi Shankar, who posted the following on his official Facebook account late last night.
You might know Shankar as the man behind such works as Judge Dredd: Superfiend and the gritty and totally badass Power/Rangers reboot that made waves across the Interwebs earlier this year. In addition to his short film projects, Shankar also served as the producer on the 2012 remake of Dredd and the Liam-Neeson-Fighting-Wolves vehicle, The Grey.
In a follow-up interview with Collider, Shankar additionally stated that he has enlisted the independent animation studio Frederator (Fairly Oddparents, Adventure Time), who first aquired the rights a few years ago, to bring Castlevania to life. If you're wondering which entry in the saga will serve as the main influence to the story, Shankar also confirmed that it will be Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
So prepare yourselves, Escapees (is that what you call yourselves?), because this is gonna be epic.
Source: Facebook, Collider
If your selling point is "Super Violent" then you've already lost. Violence gets old really really quickly. I mean Super Violent Vampire Anime. Look Uhm. that's cute and all but Really, we already have Hellsing, Vampire Hunter D and about 500 others I mesnan Anime is a medium where super violence is the norm... If you haven't seen someone punched through a mountain it's considered a slap fight.
Even when things try to be realistic you get thenings like grappler Baki and Samurai Champloo.
COOL Castlevania mini---...err wait anime? Dammit! Ah well, guess I'll just rewatch Dracula Untold (unofficial Castlevania: Lords of Shadow flick, complete with nearly identical post-ending ending) until an actual live-action adaptation is made.
"Super Violent"? What happened to the erotic violence the series is so well known for!?
Déjà vu. Didn't they announce a mature Dracula's Curse animated movie back in 2006/7 that never released? Hopefully this one makes more progress...
Super sexy still, right? Like it's always been? Super sexy, super violent, satirical, dark (so we cannot possibly see the super sexy super violence) ..Anime? Uh-oh! We have laws in the UK forbidding us to view those.
I liked Castlevania better when it was a game. Not the gambling one. Been meaning to try lords of shadow 2, at least for Patrick Stewart monologuing me to sleep.
Shall not judge too harshly before viewing. But there is still a big, fat ole' sticky Konami stuck to the cover art.
Oops sorry, double post there!
This could be really good, but they already seem to be overselling it a bit. Ultra violent anime can be fantastic (especially Fist of the North Star and Ninja Scroll), but violence does not inherently equate itself to maturity.
Castlevania is my favourite video game franchise, so I'll definitely watch all of it even if it is terrible. About a week ago I played through the fan made Castlevania; The Soul of Dracula and loved it immensely. Been thinking about trying the Castlevania rom hack Overflow Darkness.
You mean this is the producer behind that horrible power rangers reboot trailer? Yeah, no. He can fuck off. Last thing I need is Castlevania (or Power Rangers for that matter) to be gritty. They tried that already with Lords of Shadow. That fucking sucked.
Could be worse, could be making a slot/pachinko machine.
I'm pretty sure super violent is the baseline for this series given that any particular enemy will spout blood (even then they theoretically do not have any blood) or explode violently into flames when lightly brushed against.