Castlevania is a 1986 Japanese series of video games themed with dark fantasy action-adventures. The story focuses on the Belmont family who are vampire hunters fighting with Dracula. Developed by Konami, the game launched in North America ten years after its original release date in Japan. Now, the company confirmed that a Castlevania Netflix show will release a new TV series adaptation for the game.
Castlevania originally had a Family Computer Disk System (FDS) format when Konami released it in September 1986 in Japan. Konami sold it in Europe and Brazil when they transformed it for an MSX 2 platform. When Konami converted it into a cartridge format for the Nintendo Entertainment System — which they released in North America and Europe — it became one of the company’s main series. Now, the game is available on Pocket PC, emulators and mobile phone platforms. The Castlevania Netflix show will be its latest reincarnation.
Netflix TV Show
Netflix said that they will release a Castlevania Netflix TV series later this year. Although the online streaming service did not detail much information, they listed something called Castlevania Season 1, Part 1. Adi Shankar – known for producing The Grey – is responsible for the said adaptation along with Warren Ellis, a comic, novel and television author.
“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 official Netflix Castlevania description reads. “The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow Unlimited Media company.” The adaptation was written by Warren Ellis and executively produced by Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert, and Adi Shankar.
What To Expect
The producers had already talked about the adaptation in 2016. Fred Seibert – Frederator Studios owner and Adventure Time producer – guested on a Nick Animation podcast. He mentioned that he was working on something “based on one of the most world-famous video games of the last 30 years.” Shankar also teased earlier this 2017 on Facebook that he was working on Castlevania with Seibert. He even described how the game will turn out on TV – dark, satirical and will flip the vampire sub-genre.
Producers rarely adapted the game in a non-game format. The last game in the franchise was Lords of Shadow 2, which was released three years ago. Fans are fortunate enough that it will be having a TV series.