Out of all of Konami’s illustrious back catalogue, Castlevania holds a very special place in the hearts of gamers. From its humble beginnings as an 8-bit take on Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula story, it has gone on to create a self-contained world which uses the vampire legend as its foundation but adds layer upon layer of depth and complexity, introducing the famous Belmont clan as well as many peripheral characters in a tale which spans centuries.
It’s little wonder then that various individuals have been trying for quite some time to adapt the Castlevania story to other mediums of entertainment; a live-action movie remains in development hell, but thankfully another take on the franchise has finally made it into production. Way back in 2007, esteemed British author and comic book scribe Warren Ellis wrote that he was working on a movie based on Castlevania III, and that it wouldn’t feature Grant Danasty. He also posted a sample of the script, which featured a rather worrying passage about people making love to goats. As it turns out, the majority of what Ellis discussed has made it into Netflix’s Castlevania animated series (or, in the case of Danasty, hasn’t), which premiered on the streaming service last week.