Netflix confirms Castlevania series

Alex Kidman 9 February 2017

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Konami’s classic video game series is set for the Netflix Originals treatment.

The history of videogame adaptations is one that’s wrought with wrecks, almost to the point where it’s a cliché to say that a dramatic adaptation of any given videogame will be patently awful.

Netflix is one of the rare exceptions to this trend, with its largely kid-centric Skylanders Academy series doing a passable job of capturing the frenetic fun of Activision Blizzard’s popular toys-to-life series.

Netflix is set to return to the world of interactive-gaming-turned-TV-show, with an announcement that it’s working on a series based on Konami’s long-running Castlevania series.
Netflix’s announcement of the series reads as follows:

Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow! Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.

Given that the release notes that it's part one of the first season, we’ll presumably see the series released in chunks rather than in a single binge-watching lump.

As a series, Netflix will have a long history of games to draw from, with more than 30 Castlevania titles to date across virtually the entire history of console gaming.

Will we see a series based on the much-loved NES original, found on the NES Classic Mini?

Or possibly something based on the classic Super Castlevania IV?

It feels more likely that we might see a series based on the later "Metroidvania" style games, which started out with Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night.

It’s a pretty safe bet that the Castlevania Pachinko game won’t feature, however.

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