After blowing genre fans away with the bootleg Power/Rangers fan film, Adi Shankar is back — and this time he’s taking aim at an official Castlevania adaptation.
A geek fave producer, Shankar (Dredd, Lone Survivor) balances out his Hollywood projects with mid-budget fan films in his “Bootleg Universe” one-shots series. He’s tackled everything from Venom to The Punisher and has been able to attract top-tier talent even for his geeky indulgences. He already dabbled in animation with the bizzaro Judge Dredd series Superfiend, so we’ll be curious to see what he does with Castlevania.
The Castlevania series will apparently be based on Castelvania III: Dracula’s Curse, the third entry in Konami’s successful videogame franchise that was released in 1989/1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Shankar has teamed with rights-holder Frederator Studios (Adventure Time, The Fairly OddParents) to bring the series to life. If we’re talking animation, that’s one of the better shingles to saddle up under.
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In a chat with Collider, Shankar teased that the series will be “America’s first animated series for adults,” and he’s pulling inspiration from Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll and even the cult hit superhero series Young Justice. Castlevania has been begging for a decent adaptation for decades, and though we might prefer live action, a hard-R animated series is one heck of a consolation prize.
What’s your take on the project? Are you looking forward to this one?