It was reported earlier that Michael Hirsh, a force in Canada’s animation movie business, has started a new company called Wow, and one of its first projects is Netflix’s Castlevania. The first season apparently has already been written by Warren Ellis, a key figure in the world of comic books with such successful series as Transmetropolitan, Trees, Planetary, and countless others on top of his writing for many super heroes.
So is Shankar involved with the Wow show being spearheaded by Michael Hirsh? He is as an executive producer but it’s curious if this will be the the “violent and satirical” iteration of Castlevania Shankar posted about on his Facebook almost two years ago or not. Adi Shankar was behind that gritty Power Rangers short back in 2015.
From Netflix’s press site:
“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.”
The Castlevania series typically follows members of the Belmont family as they hunt vampires. The game Shankar mentioned was originally published in 1989 and follows Trevor Belmont on his mission to trounce Dracula. Geek reported on this ultra-violent Castlevania animated TV series before Netflix came aboard and thus solidified the ability for the show to really go-for-broke on the gore department.
The only official confirmation on the release date we got was from a Netflix press release: “Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017.” Netflix will surely smooth over any further details in the coming weeks so keep it here on GEEK for any further updates on the Castlevania TV series.
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