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.
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.