Today, Netflix released a slew of information via a bulky press release and an announcement event about the programming it has planned for the forseeable future. Along with its usual range of specials and a number of new seasons for some of the shows that have cemented Netflix as a great content creator, there was also a single line, almost buried in the rest of the information, that has a solid chunk of people pretty excited. It has now been announced that an adaptation of Castlevania will be coming to Netflix at some point this year.
The dark fantasy action adventure games told the story of the Belmont family, vampire hunters who spent generation after generation locked in battle with the most famous and dangerous night stalker of all: Dracula. Debuting in 1986, it has proven consistently popular over the past thirty years and, since the film adaptation people were talking about way back in 2005 never came about, there are plenty of people looking forward to the series coming into its own on screen.
While Netflix has not officially released any more information about the adapation, there is some information that can be deduced based on comments that have been made in the past.
In 2015, for instance, producer Adi Shankar posted on his Facebook page that he had plans to be working on a Castlevania mini-series with Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. He said:
“It’s going to be dark, satirical, and after a decade of propaganda it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head.”
Which bodes well indeed for the series, which has been a long time coming.
On the Nicktoons podcast in 2016, Fred Seibert also talked about a a video game project that is rumoured could be this series. If people have been thinking about it, if not actively working on it, for as long as he suggests, there are probably a lot of great ideas already percolating for this project:
“We have a project right now that we’re doing that needs to go unnamed, based on one of the most world-famous video games of the last 30 years, that we’ve had in our shop for 12 years without being able to get it started. But there were great characters and a great story, and eventually we got it going.”