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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the Netflix Original Series Castlevania.)

While the world waits in vain (vein?) for a proper 2D Castlevania sequel, the long-awaited Netflix TV show has finally been released. Originally conceived as a feature film covering the events of the 8-bit NES classic Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, the film has been turned into a four-part TV series that will take you less than 100 minutes to watch.

The problem is that it’s an absolutely terrible TV show. If this were a weekly TV show, no one would have watched past the premiere. The fact that (as typical for Netflix) it’s all available at once and bingeable doesn’t change that it’s broken up into pieces that make absolutely no sense by themselves.

No, this was never meant to be seen one at a time. Castlevania is a sneaky 100 minute movie, and the sooner you realize that the quicker you’ll appreciate it, because it has a lot of good going for it.

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Producer Adi Shankar, the guy responsible for bootleg short films like the R-rated Power/Rangers and Venom: Truth in Journalism, has been hyping his upcoming animated television adaptation of the popular Nintendo video game Castlevania for a while now, and when the teaser trailer was released last month, fans finally got a taste of what he was talking about.

Now, in a new video, Shankar and actor Graham McTavish (whom you may recognize from his role as The Saint of Killers on AMC’s Preacher) have announced the major Castlevania cast members – including McTavish himself, who’s voicing Dracula, and The Hobbit trilogy star Richard Armitage, who’s voicing the vampire hunter Trevor Belmont.
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Following the success of ’80s-nostalgia genre hit Stranger Things and the announcement of a prequel to Jim Henson’s ’80s magnum opus Dark Crystal, Netflix continues to dig deep into our childhoods.

The streaming service has upped its nostalgia game, brushing off an old Nintendo cartridge (literally!) in the first teaser for its animated adaptation of the dark fantasy video game series, Castlevania.

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Yesterday Netflix announced Castlevania season 1, part 1 is coming out later this year. Adi Shankar (Dredd), comic book writer Warren Ellis (Planetary), and executive producer Fred Seibert (Adventure Time) are working on the animated series, which Shankar says has a “Game of Thrones vibe to it.” He also guarantees it’ll conclude “the streak and be the western world’s first good video game adaptation.”

Below, read what else Shankar had to say about the Castlevania Netflix series.

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Castlevania season 1, part 1 is coming to Netflix this year. This week, Netflix made more than a few announcements about their upcoming programming, including this video game adaptation. The “dark” and “satirical” animated series hails from producer Adi Shankar (Dredd), comic book writer Warren Ellis (Planetary), and the executive producer of Adventure Time, Fred Seibert, who’s also the founder and CEO of Frederator Studios.

Below, learn more about Netflix’s Castlevania show.

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It’s hard to get too excited about video game movies right now, considering Hollywood’s still-pretty-terrible track record with them, but maybe a video game TV series will have better luck. It appears Castlevania could be making its way to the small screen, from Adventure Time executive producer Fred Seibert. Click through for more on the possible Castlevania TV series.  Read More »

James Wan To Direct Castlevania

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Saw helmer James Wan is in final talks to direct a live-action adaptation of the Konami video game Castlevania.

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Sylvain White to Ruin CastleVania Movie

CastleVania on NESThe good news is that Paul W.S. Anderson (not EVER to be confused with the much more talented Paul Thomas Anderson) is not filming the big screen adaptation of Castlevania. The bad news is that Stomp the Yard director Sylvain White has signed on to helm the project. You probably don’t remember White from such forgettable work such as Trois 3: The Escort and the direct to video feature I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer. Somehow White has also convinced someone to let him ruin Frank Miller’s Ronin as well. If that’s not enough, Universal’s Rogue Pictures is paying White a reported seven-figures (!?!) to film the video game adaptation.

I Am Legend and 30 Days Of Night are both being prepped for release later this year. It seems that Hollywood is starting to see the beginning of a resurgence in the Vampire genre (much like happened to Zombie films in the past few years). And the Castlevania video game series offers some interesting takes on the classic Dracula stories of the past. But there is no hope. The Castlevania script is written by Paul W.S. Anderson. According to Variety, “the drama begins as a Transylvanian knight leads his men into a gothic castle to seek refuge from the Turkish army. The knights soon discover the castle is controlled by the original vampire.”

White claims that he played the Castlevania video game series in the early 1990’s, but was really attracted to the project because of the chance to make a vampire film. Great, another video game adaptation which will be turned into another generic genre film. And if that doesn’t worry you, White says the film will be “a dark, epic period movie that almost has an anime feel to it.”

Principal photography will begin late Fall in South Africa and Romania, with a tentative release set for late 2008.

castlevaniaposterlong.jpgPaul W.S. Anderson will no longer be writing or directing Rogue Pictures’ adaptation of the classic Dracula video game series Castlevania. According to Dread Central, the director will instead turn his concentration to Death Race 3000, the remake of Death Race 2000.

A teaser poster, seen left, for Castlevania had even been displayed at the 2006 American Film Market.

Dimension Films supposedly dropped the project after they failed to embrace Anderson’s script which spanned many time periods. Most of the action was to take place in 15th century Transylvania.

Anderson (not to be confused with PT Anderson) is considered a hack director within the business. Next to Uwe Boll (House of the Dead), Anderson is probably second for worst video game adaptations.

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