Netflix announces that it will be releasing the first season of an exclusive Castlevania television series this year, leaving fans thirsty for more details.
Gamers have been tipped off that an animated television show based on a popular gaming franchise was in the works since it was first mentioned by Federation Studios’ Fred Seibert last year. Since then, evidence had begun to surface that the property being adapted into a television series may well be Castlevania, but Netflix finally put a stake through the heart of that rumor today – announcing that Castlevania would indeed be arriving on the streaming service later this year.
Netflix hasn’t released a trailer of any kind for the new series yet, but it did put out an overview of just what fans can expect further on in 2017. First and foremost, the series will release in four parts, with each episode running roughly 30 minutes. This particular release is also being billed as “Castlevania Season 1, Part 1,” which would imply that a Part 2 can’t be all that far behind. Even then, followers of the Konami IP and streamable television aficionados alike can take what they will from Netflix’s official description of the show:
“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 is from Frederator Studios, a Wow Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.”
IGN followed up on the announcement by speaking with the show’s producer, Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey), further prying into the premise surrounding the new show. According to Shankar, the plot will follow the events featured in Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse and “is very much Castlevania done in the vein of Game of Thrones.” Shankar also confirmed that Warren Ellis (RED, Iron Man 3) has written the script for this series and will also be taking on the role of a producer for the Netflix original.
Following comparisons to Game of Thrones, Shankar summarized his artistic take on Castlevania as “R-rated as f***,” which is sure to delight dedicated fans of the franchise. Indeed, given the gothic brutality of the combat and gruesomeness of the creatures that inhabit the world of Castlevania, this claim is sure to have followers of the Belmont clan chomping at the bit for more. Alas, without a firm launch date available, it looks as if gamers will be left waiting a little while longer.