Following Konami’s recent decision to cease video game development in favor of selling pachinko machines, it seemed that the possibility of a new Castlevania had all but dried up. The action-adventure series was abandoned alongside other classic franchises like Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill, and gamers everywhere joined in mourning the once-iconic studio’s new direction.
Luckily for us, Netflix has stepped in. In a trailer released over its official YouTube channel, the virtual streaming service has announced its adaptation of Castlevania to an animated show. Check out the teaser below:
Netflix is certainly no stranger to cashing in on the revival of childhood favorites. Bill Nye the Science Guy, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Mystery Science Theater – these are all examples of classic IPs brought back to life by Netflix in recent months.
Castlevania will be written by the original author of the comics, Warren Ellis (Iron Man 3, Dead Space), and produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey). Those unfamiliar with Shankar’s work would do well to check out his Power Rangers live-action short film, which went viral on the Internet in early 2015.
The synopsis for the show suggests that it will be staying true to its source material in being developed as a dark, faithful adaptation.
“Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.”