Netflix is turning Castlevania into an animated series, and producer Adi Shankar has a lot to say about the state of video game adaptations.
Shankar opened up to to io9 about his respect for the video game format in and of itself and said he plans to take the material seriously and create something fans (and hopefully non-fans) can enjoy. For Shankar, it all comes back to the way you tell a story. Be it a video game, book, movie or TV show — it’s all about doing a good job of telling the story. Plain and simple.
Here's an excerpt from his comments:
"The bar is very low. Right? And why is the bar low? People ask this question a lot. People are like, 'Oh man, this guy's really into video games, he understands how they're made and the mechanics — why are video game movies so bad?' And I'm like, 'Because they're treated like video game movies.' It’s just storytelling. You're just telling a story. You're just telling the story badly …
"I think it's a lack of respect. If you look at early comic book movies, they were totally bad, because people would go into it [reluctantly] and you could tell! You could tell when the actor — at least I can tell — I can tell when the actor is putting on a costume and thinks the costume is ridiculous. And it's like, "I'm not going to commit to this role, because the fu** am I wearing?" You can literally tell within a few frames of shot design whether someone gives a shit about the thing they're making or not."
With the leverage of Netflix's platform, Castlevania certainly has a chance of flipping the script on video game adaptations. With the comic book medium enjoying a renaissance on the big screen, video game fans are still waiting for their due. Here's hoping Castlevania is the first step in that direction.
The first season of Castlevania premieres later this year on Netflix, and a second season is already in the works.