The beloved Castlevania video game series has had gamers cracking whips at vampires for more than three decades now, but somehow it's just kept dodging an adaptation. Attempts to get a film in the can date back more than a decade, and a direct-to-DVD animated movie was announced but never materialized. Now an animated series seems to be coming ... and news of its arrival didn't exactly come with fanfare.
During an announcement of upcoming programming on Wednesday, Netflix dropped this detail-free tidbit in a press release (thanks to io9 for spotting it):
"Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 coming to Netflix in 2017."
That's it. That's all we got from the press release. No studio, no cast, no specific release date.
However, other clues point the way. Producer/director Adi Shankar has been teasing a Castlevania collaboration with Frederator Studios since last year, and the Globe and Mail reports that Frederator owner Michael Hirsh is set to produce the Castlevania Netflix series through his Wow Unlimited Media company. That report doesn't add many other details but does note that comics legend Warren Ellis (who was once attached to that direct-to-DVD animated film) is writing the series.
Beyond that, we just don't know anything else about this series yet, but we do know that Netfix has made its impending arrival official. Get your Vampire Killer ready, Castlevania fans.