News broke the other day that Netflix was planning to make a new series based on the classic video-game franchise Castlevania. Adi Shankar, one of the producers on the 2012 movie Dredd, revealed that he would be one of the co-runners on the series and that the first season had been penned by acclaimed comic-book scribe Warren Ellis.
The video-game series, which first appeared in 1986, was a dark fantasy story that was centered around a clan of monster-hunters called the Belmont family and followed their ongoing fued with the infamous Count Dracula.
This news, however, perhaps wasn’t all that surprising to some, as back in December, Adventure Time executive-producer Fred Seibert (whose studio, Frederator, own the rights to Castlevania) hinted that he was working with Netflix on an animated series of a popular video game.
The show will apparently be dark, satirical and will ‘set the bar for video-game adaptations’, all the while still being aimed at a younger audience.
That last part in particular makes it even more bizarre that yesterday the aforementioned Adi Shankar came out and revealed that he has also been working on an animated reboot of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers that will be the most violent version of the show to date. Described as Power Rangers meets Dragon Ball Z, Shankar says the show will “Really fucking dark. Darker than any other Power Rangers series” and will be less like a TV show and more like a long movie.
Because as we all know, people respond well to elongated, dark reboots of superhero properties.
Although the latter project hasn’t officially been taken up by Netflix yet, Shankar is eager to get them on board, and has high praise for the company.
Castlevania will on Netflix later this year.