“Dredd” producer Adi Shankar, whose work includes the online shorts like “The Punisher: Dirty Laundry” and the much publicised “Power/Rangers,” is planning to bring his dark and gritty approach to a new ‘hard-hitting anime’ mini-series based on the “Castlevania” video game franchise.
Speaking with Collider, Shankar revealed that independent animation studio Frederator (“Adventure Time,” “The Fairly OddParents”) is involved in the production which has acquired the adaptation rights to the Konami game series – or more specfically the game “Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse” which was released in 1989.
That game followed Trevor Belmont who was assisted by the young sorceress Sypha Belnades, the agile pirate Grant Danasty, and the dhampir Alucard. Asked about the violence level, Shankar says: “There will be a lot. The goal is to bring hard hitting anime to the America and be America’s first animated series for adults.”
Asked about the animated series that would influence the look of the show, Shankar says “Akira,” “Ghost in a Shell,” “Ninja Scroll” and “Young Justice”. The music will use the “heavy metal electro guitar vibe found in the early games,” and the series will be full of easter eggs that only the gamers will know.