Word is making the Internet rounds that producer Adi Shankar, the man behind The Bootleg Universe series of shorts The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Venom: Truth in Journalism, Judge Dredd: Superfied, and Power/Rangers, is turning his eye towards Castlevania. That’s right he intends to create an animated miniseries based on the Castlevania video games.
It all started with a Facebook post from Shankar:
Steve Weintraub from Collider reached out to Shankar about the new project.
Question: How did the project come about?
Adi Shankar: In a meeting with Kevin Kolde … he’s a really awesome dude. Frederator and Kevin acquired the rights a few years ago.
Frederator is the production company behind Adventure Time and The Fairly Oddparents series. The fact that they went to the trouble to get the rights and not make this another Bootleg Universe type project lends a lot to the probability that this project will actually get done. Just a reminder, here’s Ahankar’s thoughts on The Bootleg Universe and Copyright Protections straight from his Youtube page:
The “Bootleg Universe” is my way of creatively reinterpreting the characters I love without red tape.
Slogan: The “Bootleg Universe” cuz copyright’s for pussies.
What are you basing the story on?
Shankar: Castlevania III.
Here’s the story-line from Castlevania Wiki:
The year is 1476 and Count Dracula has begun ravaging Europe with an army of monsters. His sole purpose is to exterminate mankind.
The Belmont Clan of vampire hunters, once exiled from Wallachia, is beseeched by the Church for help, as their own armies have met with defeat. The people feared the Belmonts’ “super-human” power and drove them out of the land, but with Dracula about to swallow Europe in darkness, they are left with no choice but to call Trevor Belmont, the current wielder of the Vampire Killer.
Joining Trevor Belmont in his mission to defeat Dracula are three other heroes – Sypha Belnades, Grant Danasty, and Alucard.
Trevor and his companions cross the Transylvanian countryside, defeat Dracula’s minions, and eventually defeat the Count himself. Once his father is defeated, Alucard goes into a self-induced slumber, unable to cope with having fought his father. Grant Danasty oversees the reconstruction of Wallachia after the battle is finished. Trevor Belmont and Sypha Belnades marry once peace is restored in the region.
What animated stuff would you say influences the look and feel of your series?
Shankar: Akira, Ghost in [the] Shell, Ninja Scroll, Young Justice aka the best series ever and it shouldn’t have been canceled wtf.
This could end up being a fun series to check out. Ahankar is looking to bring a more adult look at Castlevania and perhaps spark more interest in adult oriented anime in the United States. What do you think?