The nostalgia train keeps on rolling over at Netflix. The company announced today that a new animated series based on the Castlevania video game series would be coming to screens later this year.
Details are pretty scarce at this point, but the Netflix press release said the show was “inspired by the classic video game series,” calling it 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.”
Given how popular the Castlevania video game series was, and given how long the franchise has been around (the first game debuted in 1986), it’s a little surprising that screen adaptations have been fairly sparse to this point. Fans have comic books, novels, and radio plays for Castlevania, but not much in the way of TV shows or movies.
It appears that the show is in good hands though, with Adi Shankar (who made the popular Power Rangers short film in 2015) and veteran comic Warren Ellis at the helm. Shankar has described the cartoon as “super violent, dark, and satirical,” and promised that “after a decade of propaganda, it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head.” He closed saying, “I personally guarantee that it will end the streak and be the western world’s first good video game adaptation.”
The series has been in the works for some time apparently, with AV Club reporting back in December that a cartoon adaptation of the show was “in the works,” and that Frederator, the animation studio behind the project, had held the rights for 12 years.
We don’t have a solid release date yet, but only four episodes, each 30 minutes long are scheduled at this point for the first season in 2017. A second season is slated for a 2018 release.