I can think of no other video game franchise that I am bigger fan of then the Konami classic Castlevania. So naturally you would expect that I would be delighted to hear that a live action feature film based on the vampire hunting videogame franchise is in the works… or so you would think.
The Castlevania feature film is supposed to focus on the origin of the endless battle between the Belmont clan and the dark lord Dracula. The project has been trying to get off the ground for years, with a revolving door of directors/producers and writers. As far as acting goes, the only name I’ve ever heard attached to this picture was that of Johnathan Frakes (Star Trek: TNG). However, now there is some new information courtesy of the boys over at Bloody-Disgusting.
During a recent visit to the set of Resident Evil: Afterlife, the word has come out that director Paul W.S. Anderson is interested again in directing the Castlevania movie. Now I say again because Anderson was attached to direct this film originally but gave it up to Saw co-creator James Wan who took over after the movie was first considered “dead,” but Anderson stayed on as producer.
Personally I find this news a little disheartening. Paul W.S. Anderson not only has expressed renewed interest in the Castlevania project but also has had his eyes on directing a feature film adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid franchise for Columbia Pictures. This is a man who is now in the process of directing his fourth Resident Evil movie, which have for better or worse been criticized for their lack of adherence to the games story. Does Paul W.S. Anderson really deserve another shot at adapting a beloved video game franchise to the big screen?
We still have some time to hope and dream as Anderson’s next slated project is apparently a 3-D re-imagining of The Three Musketeers.
According to IMDB, Castlvania is still slated for a 2011 release.
Sources: Bloody-Disgusting, IMDB