Netflix is working on a new original series based on Konami’s Castlevania franchise, the company announced today.
Yes, you’ve read it right, Gamers, try to contain yourselves.
We don’t know much yet, but acclaimed writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Iron Man) has signed on to write at least the first season, the TV series be released sometime later this year.
There aren’t many official details to be had at this point. As part of a series of announcements it made today, a Netflix press release listed something called Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 as launching in 2017. The team behind it includes Adi Shankar (who was responsible for the excellent 2015 Power Rangers short film) and comic veteran Warren Ellis, the show will be targeted towards a younger audience, which is interesting considering Shankar described the show as dark and satirical, with the intention to “flip the vampire sub-genre on its head.”
Wow Unlimited Media, would be responsible for the show’s art, the project isn’t a new one, There’s concept art dating way back to 2008 from an animated screenplay titled: Castlevania: Dracula’s Curse.
Then the project, which started in 2006, has since become a partnership between 51 Productions and Frederator — the company that currently owns the rights to Castlevania.
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 first Castlevania game was released in 1986, but it’s unclear if the series will focus on the events of that specific title or later installments in the franchise.