A few days ago we learned that Fred Seibert (creator or producer of numerous shows, including The Fairly OddParents, Adventure Time, Fanboy and Chum Chum, and Bee And Puppy Cat) is working on an animated series based on a video game. Seibert described it as “one of the most world-famous video games of the last 30 years” and revealed that he’s had the rights for 12 years, but he stopped short of naming the series. Many have been guessing that this means a Nickelodeon/Nintendo partnership, but a story from a year ago holds a different and more likely answer.
Back in August of 2015, we
reported on the story that Adi Shankar (producer of the popular Power Rangers short film from 2015) was planning to create a “super violent” anime-inspired series based on Castlevania. His goal was to “bring hard hitting anime” to America and to create an animated series geared towards adults.
Shankar stated that he was teaming up with Kevin Kolde (a producer at Frederator Studios), and that Frederator had acquired the rights ”
a few years ago.” At the time, his plan was to base the show on
Castlevania III, and he cited Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, and Young Justice as influences.
We’ve heard nothing about this project since its initial tease nearly a year and a half ago, but it lines up perfectly with what Seibert teased more recently.
Castlevania has been a series for 30 years, and (despite Konami’s recent lack of interest in the franchise) it’s definitely a well-known IP. According to Shankar, Frederator has had the rights to it for years, which lines up well with what Seibert himself said about his mystery series.
While the announcement
was made on a Nickelodeon podcast, Seibert never directly confirmed that it was planned to air on Nickelodeon, and Frederator has put out plenty of content on other networks and platforms. Given the nature of the show that Shankar wants to produce, it’s likely not a Nickelodeon show at all.
Are you interested in seeing a violent, anime-influenced take on
Castlevania? Sound off in the comments below!