A few days back, Dredd director Adi Shankar announced that he'd be taking on a new animated miniseries project centered around Castlevania, an iconic video game series that has recently enjoyed a few successful new titles, and that holds die-hard fans decades after its initial release. The director promised a dark take on the series, and a return to the classic, terrifying vampire:
Those are pretty big promises to make, and in a recent interview with Collider, Shankar made even more. Stating that the film would be based on the story of Castlevania III, which stars Trevor Belmont, a descendant of the famous vampire-hunting supernatural Belmont dynasty, who is called into action when Dracula goes on a destructive killing spree throughout Europe.
Shankar detailed his vision for the series, which he is working on with Kevin Kolde and Frederator Studios, and just how violent it will be:
There will be a lot [of violence and gore]. The goal is to bring hard hitting anime to the America and be America’s first animated series for adults.
As an example, Shankar listed a few iconic anime films and tv shows to serve as his inspiration, including Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, and Young Justice.
The director touched on the film's score, as well, saying:
The first thing I thought about was music and how we needed to avoid the traditional sword-and-sandal orchestra cliche and use the heavy metal electro guitar vibe found in the early games.
After mentioning that the film would feature Easter eggs for lovers of the classic games, but for now, it seems like those are under wraps -- just like a miserable little pile of secrets.
Shankar's Castlevania project is still in development, and details are scarce, but watching his Facebook feed might be the smart thing to do if you're excited for the new series.