Strike Delays Castlevania & Ironbow

The ongoing writers strike has stalled two further feature films that were originally scheduled to go into production next year but now need additional script work reports Variety.

Rogue Pictures has halted “Castlevania,” the live-action adaptation of the Konami vampire videogame. Sylvain White (“Stomp the Yard”) remains set to direct, and production was slated to begin in April in South Africa.

With a script by Paul W.S. Anderson, the $40 million project is the most ambitious project attempted by genre arm Rogue and sets up a generational battle between Vlad the Impaler and members of the family that inadvertently unleashed the first vampire.

Spyglass has postponed “Ironbow,” a Jay Wolpert-scripted film about 15th-century Swiss crossbow legend William Tell, which was slated to begin production next spring with Kevin Reynolds at the helm.

That makes five films delayed due to the strike (joining “Shantaram,” “Angels and Demons,” “Pinkville”), which latest estimates now say could well continue on into March next year.