‘Castlevania’ Movie Update: Paul W.S. Anderson Still Attached

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Castlevania Movie Update Castlevania Movie Update: Paul W.S. Anderson Still Attached

Last we’d heard of Paul W. S. Anderson’s Castlevania remake it was somewhere between developmental hell and finding a writer, but that was nearly 1,000 days ago. Since then, not much progress has been made with the video game adaptation, although Anderson reveals he is still attached to the project.

Whilst doing press for his forthcoming feature, Resident Evil: Retribution, Anderson said there are still several of the typical hoops that need to be jumped through before the project truly gets off the ground. Chief among them are finding the perfect writer for the job, acquiring the rights (from publisher Konami), and agreeing on how to approach the property.

He confirms that not much progress has been made on any of those fronts, but still appears enthusiastic about one day turning the video game into not just one successful film, but a blockbuster franchise. Anderson certainly has the chops to do it, seeing as he turned both Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil into successful adaptations (quality of their sequels not withstanding) – a point he humbly points out in his interview with IGN.

His claim that he is responsible for the most successful video game-based franchise, however, isn’t all that accurate. Resident Evil - about to release its fifth film theatrically – has over the course of its history only accumulated about $201 Million domestically.

By comparison, Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider films have generated $190 Million in box office revenue, but that’s only across two films. Furthermore, 2010′s Prince of Persia, while not successful when compared to its budget, was only a few million shy of out-grossing two Resident Evil films combined. Yes, Anderson’s Resident Evil films can make money, but they’re also waning in popularity and struggling to keep fans invested.

Obviously the Resident Evil films had smaller budgets than either Lara Croft or Prince of Persia, and they also don’t have the added boost of an A-list star at their center, but clearly success for Anderson is a relative term – which gives us pause about him adapting Castlevania. Nonetheless, the property itself is pretty exciting, and could make for a really solid feature film.

The Castlevania video games – while varied in their storytelling approaches – essentially boil down to a battle between a vampire hunter and the most iconic vampire of all, Dracula. This hunter, usually from the Belmont family, must traverse a labyrinth-like castle filled with a venerable rogues gallery of monster types before finally confronting the lord of the undead.

Castlevania Video Game Castlevania Movie Update: Paul W.S. Anderson Still Attached

It’s a simple story, but like Resident Evil it has a lot of characters and storylines to play around with. Vampires may be on their way out as film fodder, but it might be possible to squeeze one more – potentially R-rated – action film out of the genre.

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on any further developments with the Castlevania adaptation, but for now it looks like nothing much is happening. Paul W. S. Anderson’s still on board, but there is also plenty more that needs to get done.

Resident Evil: Retribution is out in theaters on September 14, 2012.


Source: IGN

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  1. Paul Anderson?…


  2. Just on the subject of video game movies I would love to see a Metroid movie and a Legend of Zelda movie also. Perhaps based around Ocarina of Time. That would be sweet just as long it gets the treatment and attention to details it needs and deserves. No low budget crap allowed :D

    • Awesome. Those are the two video games that I’ve wanted as movies for years. Ocarina of Time would be sweet but I think as a second installment. Build up to that amazing story by starting with Legend of Zelda.
      And yes, definitely treat them as a damn serious franchise. Especially Zelda.

      • Yes,Zelda is long overdue,but it needs to be done right if done at all.

      • Yes we don’t need another Super Mario Bros. lol. Although I will admit I do own it on dvd. Bought it at Toys R’ Us a few years back. It was only $5. Figured why not. I’ve seen way worse movies.

    • I’d like to see an animated Zelda. The childlike chibi style that was first used in Windwaker is what i’d like to see.

  3. Why do they keep giving this guy money to make movies? People would start respecting video game movies if they let people with talent start directing them.

  4. Rest assured, he’ll probably find somewhere to put his wife in the film…

    • “She could play a Belmont. They have long hair don’t they”

      • Bravo….Brav-freaking-O

  5. Paul W.S. Anderson needs to die.

  6. Castlevania could easily translate to film but it’ll probably suck once they do. And didn’t the last RE make like a boatload of money worldwide? Like 200+ million?

    • Obviously it’s easier to be a commercially success when you can factor in world markets…

    • All the RE movies make their money back and then some.

  7. Frogger! Believe me?

  8. what a joke this guy is LET ME GUESS there will be A LOT of slow-mo just like the new resident evil I’ll pass on this as well.Sony doesn’t take movie making serious.

  9. The zombie dogs jumping through in window in the original game was more scary than all of the Resident Evil films combined. This guy is no better than Uwe Boll.

  10. He did a great job with the Resident Evil franchise. I would like to see what he can do with Castlevania. Many of you may not like the RE series but they have a huge following (hence all the sequels) and those same fans will see this movie if it gets made.

    • in some things in movies our tastes are different but we both like to see the new r.e and we like the franchise(i would not call me a fan). :)

  11. Why do all these video game movies have to be live action? Surely animation would help to make it more faithful and avoid having everything “grounded in reality”.

  12. I hope they use Simon Belmont and model him after the character in Captain N the Gamemaster! I’m kidding of course. While this was one of my favorite games from childhood, I really don’t need a movie version. The games are movie enough for me.

  13. I hope they don’t make a terrible movie.Castlevania deserves better.

  14. Last I heard Anderson is no longer involved and James Wan is now picked to direct.