A few days ago, Netflix revealed that a new cartoon based on the classic Castlevania franchise will be coming later this year. We still don’t know a ton about the series, though producer Adi Shankar has since revealed some more information about what we can expect. This Castlevania series will be based on Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, according to Shankar, and is “going to be R-rated as f***.” In fact, Shankar even went so far as to draw comparisons to HBO hit Game of Thrones.
Castlevania follows “the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself,” according to the Netflix description. Shankar also added that though Castlevania will be an interpretation of the game franchise, the series won’t feel like a cash grab. Video game adaptations have failed to capture their intended audience, Shankar believes, because they come from a place of inauthenticity. That is to say, these adaptations often feature significant alterations in order to earn more money, as opposed to the betterment of the material itself, which fans can pick up on. Shankar also pointed to his 2014 film Dredd as an example of an adaptation done right, stating:
“It’s kind of a departure from the comics based on the source material because you could argue the source material was more of a political satire than it was an action script.
Dredd amounted to be a wall-to-wall action movie and, because it was a perspective on a character and a universe that came from someone who understands the world, it felt authentic.” — Adi Shankar
Regarding the show’s vision, Shankar stated that he’d like it to reach a
Game of Thrones level of scale and gruesomeness, while creating Lord of the Rings-style cinematic battles. “If you look at Game of Thrones, each season was bigger than the last. The last season had that huge Jon Snow battle, which was like a scene from Lord of the Rings. I’d like to do something along those lines,” said Shankar. He further stated:
“This is very much
Castlevania done in the vein of Game of Thrones. (Producer and writer) Warren Ellis added so much depth to the material. [The series is] going to be R-rated as f***. … this is going to be the best f*****g video game adaptation we’ve had to date.” — Adi Shankar
Castlevania‘s casting is already completed and the first part of Season 1 is on schedule to be released this year, with a second season lined up for 2018. If the show actually lives up to these standards, I think it’ll be really great. There’s still a lot we don’t know about it though, so it could still go either way. Will you be checking Castlevania out upon its release?