Remember all those hours you wasted playing Castlevania as a kid (or in my case a junior in college)?
Yeah, those were good times.
Looks like Netflix surprised all the nerds – ALL THE NERDS – yesterday when it released a statement regarding upcoming original releases and buried in the list was a Castlevania series to be released in 2017.
Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017
Yup. That’s all we know about the series right now, though various reports across the Internet indicate Warren Ellis may have written the first season, with Adi Shankar (of the gritty Power Rangers fan film fame) is producing with Frederator Networks. If these three points are accurate, Castlevania may not be a live action series, which would be totally over the top and cool, but rather an animated one.
The first console title, Castlevania, released for the NES in 1986 by Konami, is a typical platform game in which the player takes the role of Simon Belmont, a descendant of the Belmont clan, a family of vampire hunters. He travels to Dracula’s demonic castle, Castlevania, and fights his way through the castle destroying Dracula himself and the castle. Belmont’s main weapon is a whip called “Vampire Killer”, while the secondary weapons are powered by Hearts, collected by attacking candles and killing monsters. Secondary weapons available are Daggers, Holy Water (Fire Bomb), Flying Axe, Stop Watch and the Cross (Boomerang). Hidden items such as power-ups and food (health replenishment) items are also found by attacking walls within the levels, a feature inspired by Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. with countless hidden items across the game’s levels.
With the weight of the world on our shoulders at the moment, having any Castlevania on the horizon is enough to keep us going for a few more months. Personally, I’d rather see a live action series with over the top violence and splattering monster parts, but I can see the budget becoming too prohibitive.
What about you? Would you rather see a live action adaptation, or are you okay with an animated series? For that matter, are you even interested in Castlevania?