It looked like the big screen adaptation of Castlevania was basically dead in the water not too long ago. Director Sylvain White was gone and all signs pointed to the film spending a lot of time languishing in development Hell. Turns out that's not the case at all, actually, as Bloody-Disgusting has got the exclusive scoop that director James Wan (one of the co-creators of the Saw franchise) has come on board the project as a director and co-writer.
Wan tells BD he'll be working with another writer to take the original script in a new direction, but the best quote is the following:
"The thing I love about what Konami did with Castlevania, was taking the iconic Dracula mythology and Eastern-European setting, and retelling it with a Japanese pop-cultural sensibility. That's the East-meets-West tone I want to visually expand on for the film. I'm thrilled by the opportunity to make a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the gothic storyline 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."
It seems as though they've finally found someone to make a videogame movie who actually plays and understands the game he's bringing to the big screen. I know Wan's post Saw output hasn't blown anyone away (Dead Silence anyone?) but I think this is a project that may very well get him back on the right track. And let's face it, this is a better choice for director than White or, god forbid, Uwe Boll.
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