Netflix Preparing a Castlevania TV Series

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You can file this announcement under “unexpected things,” as Netflix has announced they are working on a TV series based on the classic Castlevania video game series.

According to io9, the series is coming sometime in 2017, but no further details have been released. However, producer Adi Shankar is reportedly involved, as he’s been making posts on Facebook about doing something with the Castlevania series, saying it will be “dark, satirical, and after a decade of propaganda it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head.”

He’s not the only name apparently attached to the project, as Warren Ellis is reportedly done with the first season’s scripts, working alongside Michael Hirsh, as The Globe and Mail reports the series will be animated, although Hirsh referred to it as “kids’ programming,” which clashes with Shankar’s statements.

Hirsh has worked on children’s shows like Babar, Care Bears, Max & Ruby and Franklin. Ellis is known for work like the films RED and Iron Man 3, as well as writing for the Justice League of America and the X-Men franchises.  Shankar is best known for movies like Dredd, Lone Survivor and The Grey.

The Castlevania series is no stranger to gamers: starting with the original release on the Nintendo Entertainment Series in 1986, the gothic series, which is usually all about Simon Belmont and his descendants hunting Dracula or a vampire like him, has appeared on some of the most important gaming consoles since then, including the Game Boy, Super NES, and the PlayStation family of consoles. Its last major release was Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2014. Konami also released a pachinko version of the series in 2015, exclusive to Japan.

Are you excited about the debut of the Castlevania series to TV, or do you think it – like many gaming adaptations – will miss the mark? Let us know in the comments below!

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