The second season of Netflix’s Castlevania will land on the streaming platform this October. Castlevania is based on the classic video game series of the same name, which sees various generations of the Belmont clan picking up the famous Vampire Killer whip and storming Dracula’s castle. The franchise’s mix of fast-paced action, inventive monsters and tense platforming have seen it last for over 30 years thus far.
Netflix’s Castlevania started life as a separate, feature-length anime project at another studio, but after years in development hell, the script was dusted off and divided into 4 episodes. While most video game adaptations are met with critical scorn and fan disappointment, Castlevania has proven to be the rare exception. The first season received raves for its lush animation and a great script, which developed the characters and fleshed out the world. The short, 4 episode series had fans screaming out for more, and a second season was quickly confirmed.
Screenwriter Warren Ellis previously told fans to expect Castlevania season 2 around mid-2018, but it was recently confirmed it had been delayed. Now the release date has been revealed, with producer Adi Shankar stating at Anime Expo 2018 (via Comic Book) the show would return this October.
Ellis also stated previously this season of Castlevania would wrap up the current storyline, which will pick up with vampire hunter Trevor Belmont and Alucard – Dracula’s estranged son – teaming up to take down the head vamp. Netflix is obviously confident the show will do well, with Belmont voice actor Richard Armitage confirming season three is already being developed.
The actor also stated he’d be onboard for a live-action take on Castlevania, but it appears no such plans are currently in the works. A Castlevania movie was developed for a number of years, firstly with Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) attached to write and direct, and later James Wan (Aquaman). Like so many projects in Hollywood, however, the planned movie slipped into development hell.
Sadly, it appears publisher Konami has no current plans for a new Castlevania console title. 2014’s Lords Of Shadow 2 was the most recent entry, but the company has since turned away from AAA game development to focus on mobile titles instead. A new multiplayer iOS game titled Castlevania: Grimoire Of Souls is being released in Japan, but there’s no word on an international release. Konami’s other high-profile gaming series like Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill are also currently on hold.
Source: Comic Book