Amid programming updates for The OA, Orange is the New Black, Iron Fist and Bill Nye Saves the World, today’s status report from Netflix revealed that Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 is coming in 2017. Details are scarce at the moment, but if nothing else, long-time fans of the horror-tinged video game classic can look forward to the Belmont family slicing and dicing their way onto Netflix sometime this year.
Common logic dictates that this new spin on Castlevania is the same one in the works from Frederator Networks (Adventure Time) and producer Adi Shankar. The latter came attached to the project soon after helming a Power Rangers short that went viral – incidentally, Shankar is also producing Lionsgate’s upcoming live-action feature film – and previously described the animated show as a “super-violent Castlevania miniseries.”
Poised to “flip the vampire sub-genre on its head,” Frederator and Shankar’s pitch has certainly piqued the curiosity of Castlevania fans the world over, even if details on the Netflix miniseries remain thin on the ground. Meanwhile, the press release from the online streamer reads as so:
“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 animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.”
The Globe and Mail reports that Warren Ellis is behind the show’s plot (thanks, io9), but until such a time as we have firm confirmation, you can drop your early thoughts on this new Castlevania series via the comments section below.