“Castlevania” is on the road to Dracula’s Castle. Adi Shankar, executive producer of the upcoming Netflix series, released the first teaser poster for the show on his Facebook page. The poster — which features Dracula’s foreboding castle, framed by a blood red moon and legions of swirling bats — doesn’t bear a release date, but Shankar reiterated in his post that the first season of “Castlevania” will debut in 2017.
Dracula’s castle is a mainstay of the “Castlevania” video game series, which is what the series is based on. The castle often materializes when Dracula — who is frequently slain at the conclusion of the “Castlevania” games — is resurrected or in the process of being resurrected.
The “Castlevania” video game series is developed and published by Konami. The first game, titled simply “Castlevania,” debuted September 26, 1986. The video game series has spawned over 40 sequels, off-shoots, tie-in games and themed gambling machines since its inception. Mainline entries into the series follow the Belmont clan, a family of vampire hunters, as they strive to rid the world of vampires, evil magic and the ever-returning Dracula. However, little is known about the plot of Shankar’s “Castlevania” Netflix series.
Shankar first teased his involvement in the “Castlevania” adaptation back in 2015, when the producer claimed he was working on a miniseries based on “Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse.” The upcoming Netflix series will be written by Warren Ellis, the mastermind behind “Transmetropolitan,” “Astonishing X-Men” and the “Extremis” arc of “Iron Man,” which would later go on to be adapted into the film “Iron Man 3.”
Shankar is known for his Bootleg Universe, a series of shorts that reimagine the worlds of franchises like “The Punisher,” “Venom” and “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Shankar has a knack for attracting established celebrities to his projects. Both James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff starred in his 2015 take on “Mighty Morphin Powers Rangers,” titled “Power/Rangers”; this “Power/Rangers” short imagined a world in which the Rangers lost. Thomas Jane, who portrayed Frank Castle in the 2004 film “The Punisher,” reprised the role for Shankar’s “The Punisher: Dirty Laundry” in 2012.
In December, “Adventure Time” producer Fred Seibert hinted that his company Frederator Studios would be involved. Frederator Studios has produced “The Fairly Odd Parents” for Nickelodeon since 2001. In 2009, the animation studio adapted another video game franchise, “Ape Escape,” for the Nicktoons channel.
“Castlevania” will debut some time in 2017 on Netflix.
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