Netflix announces Castlevania show

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#1 Posted by dafdiego777 (299 posts) -

Looks like it will be animated and "dark, satirical, and ....flip the vampire sub-genre on its head", whatever that means.

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#2 Edited by Sackmanjones (5595 posts) -

This eventually leads to an MGS film series right? This is where this goes right?

Anyway, sure, why not. That franchise is popular and Konami ain't doing shit with it.

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#3 Posted by ArtisanBreads (9107 posts) -

Sounds like it may not be that Castlevania-y but I don't even know quite what that would be anyways.

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#4 Posted by dafdiego777 (299 posts) -

@sackmanjones: cough... don't we already have four metal gear movie? cough cough...

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#5 Posted by isomeri (3106 posts) -

I will only be satisfied if masturbating Segway knight makes an appearance.

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#6 Posted by mezmero (3708 posts) -

I'd watch this. If this is for real then I hope they give a genuine go at depicting the actual origins of the Belmont clan into something a bit less nebulous. Too many of the later games were like, " No this is the first Belmont, but no this is the first first Belmont". Make up your mind! Based on the weapons and techniques that they traditionally used in the games I always assumed they were a lineage of circus performers who had to adapt their art to fight monsters.

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#7 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2932 posts) -

The Adventure Time guys? That's a neat show, but I would've expected anime for Castlevania. Hope it's a cool action show and not like, a sitcom thing. Adventure Time is pretty videogamey, so I don't doubt that they can make something faithful.

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#8 Posted by nnickers (483 posts) -

"Dark and satirical" makes me wonder if this will be going after Metalocalypse humor.

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#9 Posted by constantk (96 posts) -

"An article up on The Globe and Mail reports that Warren Ellis has done the writing for the show’s first season."

I'm in.

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#10 Posted by sagesebas (2465 posts) -
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#11 Posted by Onemanarmyy (4114 posts) -

satirical huh? So Barkerville is still possible?

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#12 Posted by Do_The_Manta_Ray (1628 posts) -

.. Whaaaaat? Whatever this ends up being, I'm at least giving it a chance.

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#13 Edited by Justin258 (15548 posts) -

It should have been live action and as hamfisted as possible, but sure, I'll take it. I should watch Hellsing Ultimate at some point.

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#14 Posted by Colonel_Pockets (1312 posts) -

Um, OK.

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#15 Posted by paulmako (1958 posts) -

Sure I'll watch this.

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#16 Posted by Sackmanjones (5595 posts) -

@sagesebas: you bet. I can hardly believe how all the games fit together, it would be hilarious to see a series or feature film try and string all the ridiculous bullshit together that is the Metal Gear Solid storyline.

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#17 Posted by JasonR86 (10225 posts) -

Oh God. 'Satirical' is synonymous with 'forced, unfunny humor' in my book.

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#18 Edited by deactivated-5b85a38d6c493 (1990 posts) -

When I read it was animated I was super excited for it to be an anime.

This, eh I'll pass. I'm sure Adventure Time is fine and full of witty and smart writing, I'm just not up for any sort of satirical and/or wacky take on the Castlevania franchise.

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#19 Posted by Jarno (96 posts) -

So, it's a Count Duckula reboot?

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#20 Edited by Onemanarmyy (4114 posts) -

Seems like such a weird thing. Castlevania is a big franchise for sure , but i bet most of that fandom stems from the 90's games. Weird to make a series of that franchise 25 years later. A Mario or Legends of Zelda series would appeal to a wider audience i imagine.

And when you think about that hardcore castlevania fangroup, i feel like they care mostly about the music, bosses and overall gameplay, not necessarily look for a satirical take on that story by the adventure time studio.

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#21 Posted by GERALTITUDE (5985 posts) -

lol well...

That was unexpected.

I'll watch it I guess. Or, I'll try. I have to, right?

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#22 Edited by Gaff (2767 posts) -

So, according to their press release:

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.

Let me just pitch this for you:

Castlevania meets Evil Dead meets Buffy.

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#23 Posted by kid_gloves (497 posts) -

It just seems like they wanted to attach a name with nostalgic appeal to a new show and Castlevania was for grabs. There isn't much story really in the series up until the 360 games so its pretty much a do whatever you please with it situation, which just makes me cynical about why it is using the Castlevania name at all.

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#24 Edited by DinosaurCanada (938 posts) -

I don't even question these things anymore.

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#25 Edited by Bustle (1 posts) -

Seems like such a weird thing. Castlevania is a big franchise for sure , but i bet most of that fandom stems from the 90's games. Weird to make a series of that franchise 25 years later. A Mario or Legends of Zelda series would appeal to a wider audience i imagine.

And when you think about that hardcore castlevania fangroup, i feel like they care mostly about the music, bosses and overall gameplay, not necessarily look for a satirical take on that story by the adventure time studio.

This was 100% my thoughts as well. I just don't get who this is for? That said, I've never really been crazy about the series.

Do we think that Konami will try and cash in with a game in a similar art style around the launch of this? Or is a tie-in pachinko game enough?

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#26 Posted by MezZa (3036 posts) -

I'm left wondering why Castlevania. I like Castlevania so I'll give it a shot. Hope it's good.

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#27 Edited by jay_ray (1569 posts) -

If it is good, that is great. If it is bad, oh well. I don't care in anyway about Castlevania and the lore so I say butcher it in any/every way to make a well told series. Netflix has a pretty good track record with their in house original content so I'll take a positive wait and see outlook.

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#28 Posted by KingBonesaw (1345 posts) -

And here I was hoping that a show based on Drac's Night Out would get made. Can't win them all, I guess.

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#29 Posted by citizencoffeecake (1527 posts) -

I hope it's good, I'll definitely check it out.

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#30 Posted by SamanthaK (225 posts) -
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#31 Posted by Shindig (4813 posts) -

This eventually leads to an MGS film series right? This is where this goes right?

Anyway, sure, why not. That franchise is popular and Konami ain't doing shit with it.

Werner Herzog's Metal Gear Solid.

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#32 Posted by Humanity (18500 posts) -

Hey why not, plenty of cool directions they could go into. They probably won't but I mean no skin off my back if it flops.

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#33 Posted by cikame (2652 posts) -

@sagesebas: you bet. I can hardly believe how all the games fit together, it would be hilarious to see a series or feature film try and string all the ridiculous bullshit together that is the Metal Gear Solid storyline.

I probably says something that i've played and read up on the Metal Gear storyline so much that it doesn't even seem all that ridiculous anymore :S.

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#34 Posted by TobbRobb (6558 posts) -

Sure ok I'll give that a shot. I spent more than 5 seconds looking at Netflix recently so I'm already halfway there to watching it anyways. I liked Transmetropolitan at one point in life, but it was so long ago I'm not sure I even want to know what it looks like anymore. Hopefully I had good taste and "dark and satirical" won't be a huge bummer in this new thing.

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#35 Edited by RonGalaxy (4936 posts) -

I demand that Vinny does a commentary podcast for it.

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#36 Posted by Arabes (744 posts) -

I like some of Warren Ellis' work so this could be good. I'll totally give it a shot.

@jasonr86 said:

Oh God. 'Satirical' is synonymous with 'forced, unfunny humor' in my book.

I take it that book is not a dictionary then :)

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#37 Posted by Sinusoidal (3608 posts) -

This is weird. Story is probably the last reason to play a Castlevania game. Looks like there's some talented people on it, so maybe it'll be something. I kind-of lost the thread with Adventure Time at some point, but I did quite enjoy what I watched of it. It's pretty freaking whimsical. I could go for a whimsical Castlevania cartoon. Just some cool adventures of the Belmont clan throughout the ages in their eternal fight against Dracula. Maybe like an 80s cartoon revival with modern sensibilities.

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#38 Posted by xanadu (2029 posts) -

Werent they suppose to be doing a Zelda show as well or am I not remembering correctly?

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#39 Posted by Darknorth (237 posts) -

Yo, it's me, Vinny Belmont!

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#40 Posted by Humanity (18500 posts) -

They should base it entirely on Lords of Shadow lore just for laughs.

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#41 Posted by JasonR86 (10225 posts) -

@arabes:

Nope. It's my own book. It's much longer and way more judgemental.

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#42 Posted by Yumewaru (39 posts) -

I'm excited by the idea, but have no expectations for it. I can easily picture Dracula Gabriel Belmont in a satire.

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#43 Posted by selbie (2555 posts) -

I'm glad they are making the effort. Frederator have done good work and I'm curious as to what visual style they will go for.

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