So, What's Happening With The Castlevania Movie?

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Right now? Not much. But that doesn't mean things haven't been happening for the flick or won't happen in the future.


In summer 2009, Saw franchise co-creator and director of Dead Silence and Death Sentence, James Wan, signed on to co-write and helm the cinematic retelling of the Belmont family vampire slaying saga.

"That's the East-meets-West tone I want to visually expand on for the film," Wan told website Bloody Disgusting at the time. "I'm thrilled by the opportunity to make a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the gothic story-line and the cool, anime-like characters. For once, the human hero is as sexy and dangerous as the vampire villain, and his weapon of choice was what attracted me to the project in the first place — The Vampire Killer Whip."

By the end of the summer, Resident Evil movie director Paul W.S. Anderson, who penned the original script, said that Wan was tweaking the script and that the movie was in "pre-pre-production".

Hollywood creature designer Aaron Sims (Clash of the Titans) is attached to the Castlevania film and recently told website Shock Till You Drop that the movie adaptation is on ice while director Wan completes the supernatural thriller Insidious.


"[Castlevania has] been trying to find the right financing for it," Sims tells Shock Till You Drop. "It's a big film with a giant fan base. They're not going through a big studio so it's about finding the right investors. James and I went to Romania and scouted locations." As for the creatures he worked on, "There's a Medusa and the vampires themselves had a unique quality to them that falls into James' style."

Castlevania is based on the popular Konami video game series. The Tokyo-based game company has brought its horror series Silent Hill to the big screen, but has been unsuccessful in turning stealth franchise Metal Gear Solid into a major motion picture.


Creature Designer Talks Castlevania, Invisible Man! [ShockTillYouDrop] [Pic]



No good can come of this. Video game movies don't work cause story telling in video games as a whole still lags behind movies by an enormous amount, and it probably always will until publishers/developers start making games that are intended to be adapted into a movie from the start.