After a well-received first season, Netflix’s Castlevania is returning for a longer season two. The series is based on the iconic video game series of the same name, where the player must storm Dracula’s castle and fight various monsters and traps to defeat the main man himself. The story follows different generations of the Belmont clan, who are tasked with defeating Dracula whenever he rises from the grave – something that happens with alarming regularity.
The Castlevania series has appeared on pretty much every major gaming platform in the last three decades, from the NES through to the PlayStation 3. While Konami has experimented with the series formula throughout the years by adding role-playing elements or sprawling environments, the core gameplay typically remains the same, where players lead the latest Belmont through the castle – while armed with the famous “vampire killer” whip – and overcoming gradually harder enemies.
Netflix’s Castlevania series was a four-episode anime adaptation of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, and whilst properties based on games usually meet with bad reviews, the show received positive notices for its voice acting, lush animation and fun storyline. Now writer Warren Ellis (via Game Informer) has confirmed on his Twitter account the show is coming back for an eight-episode second season this summer.
One area of complaint with the first season of Castlevania is it felt like a feature-length movie chopped into four episodes – which is close to the truth. The script was first written as a straight-to-DVD back in 2008, but the project went into development hell for nearly a decade. The project was revived in 2015, and Ellis was tasked with taking his original script and breaking it into four parts to form a series. The writer also says the original script was intended to be the first in a trilogy of movies, and the eight-episode second season will allow him to tell the complete story.
There have also been various attempts at making a live-action version of Castlevania, with directors such as Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) and James Wan (The Conjuring) being attached at different points. Progress appears to have stalled on the project, though the popularity of the series may revive interest in both the game series and the movie. That said, it feels like animation is a better fit for the series than a big-budget movie, so hopefully season two will continue the quality of the first.
Castlevania season two doesn’t currently have an air date, but we’ll keep you updated as more information arrives.