Netflix Producing Original, ‘Dark’ Castlevania Series, Launches In 2017

An animated series based on Konami’s vampire slaying Castlevania franchise is coming to Netflix. Specifically an adaptation of Castlevania III, the first of a planned four seasons will begin later this year, with a second season on tap for 2018. The whole series is being produced by Frederator Studios of Adventure Time fame, and Warren Ellis will be writing and executive producing, along with Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert, and Adi Shankar.

Rumblings of a Castlevania series for Netflix began when Fred Seibert of Frederator Studios spoke of producing “an animated project tied to one of the biggest game franchises in the last 30 years”. The project itself may go back to 2015, when producer Adi Shankar said he was working on a “super violent Castlevania series” in conjunction with Mr. Seibert, of which Frederator has owned the rights to for 10 years.

And super violent it promises to be. Adi Shankar promised in his 2015 Facebook post that the series would not only be violent, but also “dark, satirical, and after a decade of propaganda it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head”. He also promised in an interview with IGN that the studio is going for a “Game of Thrones” tone, and the series is, in his words, “going to be R-rated as f***”. Mr. Shankar’s resume includes tonally similar material as fan films The Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Power/Rangers.

No date has been set for the incoming Castlevania series’ airing, nor is any footage available to demonstrate the show’s animation style and tone. Castlevania’s animated adaptation will join the long legacy of video game adaptations such as Super Mario, Street Fighter, Donkey Kong Country, and Pokémon when it begins streaming on Netflix later this year.

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