‘Saw’ Director James Wan Making ‘Castlevania’ Movie

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Bloody-Disgusting has just nabbed an exclusive that James Wan (one of the original writers and director of the Saw franchise) will be co-writing and directing and adaptation of the popular video game franchise, Castlevania. The film originally had Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race) as the writer/director (he’ll still serve as producer), and then Sylvain White (The Losers) took the helm, but the studio has ultimately decided now to go with James Wan.

Wan was one of the two guys (along with Leigh Whannell) who came up with the idea for the Saw movies, as well as co-writing and directing it. He also directed the thriller-drama Death Sentence and the ventriloquist doll horror, Dead Silence. His experience with creepy horror seems really suited to the Castlevania movie, which is based on the popular Konami video game series that was first released in Japan in 1986.

In case you’re not familiar with the Castlevania series of games: most of the plot centers on a war between Dracula and a vampire hunting family known as the Belmonts. The game series is loosely based on the original Bram Stoker Dracula novel.

Wan has spoken about coming on-board as co-writer and director for Castlevania, saying that it’s currently in the very early stages but that the producers, as well as game company Konami, are very happy with what he’s got in mind for it.

For the full scoop on what Wan said about his involvement in the project, as well as a wicked cool concept poster (partly shown in the above header), you can head over to Bloody-Disgusting.

The Castlevania video game series has become extremely successful since it’s debut on the Japanese Famicom Disk System back in 1986. Various different sequels and spin-offs of the game have been released, and it has appeared on 22 different gaming systems, as well as mobile phones, and has appeared in other media forms including as graphic novels and even as a radio drama. So it’s not hard to see why a feature film should be added to that extensive list.

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"Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow" for the Nintendo DS

Castlevania is one of those properties that gives a filmmaker a wide range of elements to work with. No doubt there’ll be stuff cut out of the film that die hard fans of the game will be mad about, but that sort of thing has to be expected when something is being adapted to another medium. It’s a video game movie, so it’s automatically questionable in my books. But nonetheless, it’s more promising than some of the others that have been made or are in the works.

What do you think about a Castlevania movie? Do you think James Wan is the right guy to make it?

Castlevania is currently in the early development stages. It doesn’t have a specific release date yet, but a 2011 release is expected.

Source: Bloody-Digusting

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  1. Something tells me its going to feel like a sequel to van helsing… I liked van helsing but i’d like this to be a lot more serious and more gore.

  2. Go the R rating, don’t make it too super heroish and full of hard action/gore and this could just rock.

  3. There have been a few exceptions w/ video game flicks(to me anyway), but I really don’t know how I feel about this. I played a demo version of one of the games and it seemed fun, but I don’t know how its gonna translate into a feature film.

  4. Well there is some good news that James Wan the Asian born Australian based director going to direct the Castlevania movie well at least there could have another video game movie happening like if there could be a World Heroes movie with all time travelling historical fighters battling against
    the evil forces and I think that Dragonball co-creators Rich Thorne and Rodney liber alone with Brightlight Pictures Shawn Williamson to produce the film and Charles Stone to co-write and direct.
    I think King of Fighters and Tekken won’t be any successful.
    Thank You.

  5. @Kazuya:

    Considering the previous titles Wan has released, I’m pretty sure he’s gonna shoot for an R rating for a Vampire movie.

    This is gonna be bad ass if done right.

  6. This is great news. I love Castlevania, but when I read the spec script that Anderson was working on, my heart dropped. He had the audacity to get rid of Belmont’s whip, his signature weapon, in favor of a giant broadsword.

    While I really, really doubt the studio will let Wan get away with an R-rating, I hope he at least pushes for it.

    • I agree with josh r if anderson makes this movie he will ruin it the same way he ruined the resident evil franchise.

  7. I really hope this movie is not screw up! Please stick to the original story. It’s suppose to be Romance/thriller/fantasy. Romances is kinda the most important aspect because if it’s well-done like titanic , it’s will be the GREATEST hit. Esp when fantasy element is added , this movie is gona be AMAZING.

  8. if you want to keep up with it, go to this website http://www.upcominghorrormovies.com/movie/castlevania

    to give everyone a bit if hope, Konami is in on this as well