Like Castlevania, the Devil May Cry is a Capcom video game series from Hideki Kamiya that follows a professional demon hunter named Dante seeking vengeance for the death of his family. The game has since spawned multiple sequels across a variety of platforms, with a fifth installment scheduled for 2019. Now, an anime TV series adaptation Devil May Cry is in the works, which will reportedly exist within a brand new video game adaptation multiverse from Shankar, similar to the MCU and the J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.
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In an interview with IGN, Shankar purchased the rights to Devil May Cry and is in the process of developing it as an anime series for Netflix. And, though he did not reveal any specific plot details regarding the show itself, he did reveal that the series “will join Castlevania in what we’re now calling the bootleg multiverse.” Shankar is also involved in attempting to fix Apu on The Simpsons, developing a Legend of Zelda TV show, and working on the aforementioned Castlevania series, which recently released its acclaimed second season and was renewed for a third season (though it's unclear how or if the Devil May Care and Castlevania TV series' will feature any crossovers). And, in honor of the show's announcement, Shankar posted an image of himself as Dante on his official Twitter account to stir up excitement.
The concept of a bootleg universe will be nothing new to Shankar or fans of his work. In the past, he has released numerous shorts based on previously existing properties, as well as individually tackling The Punisher and Eddie Brock and reimagining the Power Rangers as an R-rated series featuring James Van Der Beek. Not only does Devil May Cry lend itself to become a potentially compelling TV series, Shankar's involvement should be encouraging for fans of the video game - not to mention fans of Shankar as well.
Not only is there a vast mythology in Devil May Cry that the show can explore, it lends itself to fitting into Castlevania's universe as well, given that both revolve around individuals battling demons. Despite the fact that the games take place in different time periods, there are still plenty of ways for Shankar and the rest of the show's creative team to connect them. In fact, given that Shankar describes his new venture as a multiverse indicates that the inclusion of parallel worlds are possible (from a literal interpretation at least), which might help them navigate around this issue.
Whatever the case, Shankar has certainly proven himself capable of doing source material on a variety of projects justice, while also producing exciting projects for a modern audience. And, if the hype surrounding Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher is anything to go by, fans will no doubt welcome this news about Devil May Care with open arms and a steady stream of predictions (i.e. storylines, voice casting, etc.).