Without any fanfare, Netflix has announced a Castlevania series. Actually, "announced" is a strong word; sitting in the middle of a press release listing the streaming content company's planned original programming for 2017 was a surprising reveal: "Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017."
The listing of the show was spotted by io9, and it is likely the previously rumored animated series by Adi Shankhar. Shankhar is teaming up with Frederator (of “Adventure Time” and “Bravest Warriors” fame) to make what he called a "super violent" series.
Shankhar has been hinting at this series for some time now, though nothing has been officially confirmed. Putting two and two together, one can surmise that the series has finally found a home with Netflix, a company that has been known to scoop up all manner of intellectual property. [EDITOR: Netflix and Shankar have now both confirmed the theory, along with releasing the series' official description.]
No stranger to super violence, Shankhar was one of the minds behind "Dredd," the critically acclaimed Judge Dredd movie starring Karl Urban, which only made a small splash in the box office, but has since been elevated to cult status. Shankhar was also behind "Power/Rangers" the ludicrously over-the-top gritty (and unauthorized) sequel to "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers," which starred none other than James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff. That short film was full of cartoonish violence, and oozed with style. If this is indeed the same "Castlevania" series, the people involved all but guarantee a unique brand of insanity.
"Castlevania" is most famous as a video game franchise. The series follows various members of the Belmont family, as they partake in the family tradition of killing vampires, specifically the evil Lord Alucard. For those unfamiliar with the series, it's up to you to look into what the antagonist's name spells when you write it backwards.