The dead have risen from the grave! If you're a Castlevania fan who thought you weren't going to be subjected to a big screen version of your beloved game; think again. In the midst of the news frenzy coming out of SDCC, Bloody Disgusting got the chance to speak with Saw co-creator James Wan, and he confirmed that he has just signed to direct the video game adaptation for producer Paul W.S. Anderson. Wan tells BD, "I'm very fresh on this project, so its early stages and I'm still trying to work things out, but the producers love my vision for it"
The Castlevania video game franchise mainly centered on a war between the vampire hunting family known as the Belmonts and the big bad blood-sucker himself, Dracula. The game is one of Konami's biggest titles, and was considered one of the best action-platform games around. But as we were soon to find out, it wasn't going to be an easy transition from the console to the big screen.
If you haven't been keeping track, (and who could blame you) here's a brief history on the troubled flick: the announcement of a feature film Castlevania first came about in 2007, but over the next two years little ground had been made. For starters, there were personnel changes and then there was the double-whammy known as rewrites. The last anyone had even heard from the project was that Sylvain White (Stomp The Yard) had reportedly been hired to direct. But then the writer's strike hit and the project ran into a brick wall -- but that was then, and this is now.
After the jump; find out what Wan has planned for the Belmonts...
Thankfully, Wan will be scrapping the original script and he told BD that he will be starting from scratch with a new writer. The previous script was said to have had a 'Bram Stoker approach', but Wan will be keeping a little more in line with the original aesthetic. According to Wan, he's looking for an, "...East-meets-West tone I want to visually expand on for the film. I'm thrilled by the opportunity to make a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the gothic storyline and the cool, anime-like characters. "
So what do you think? Is Wan an improvement over the projects previous helmers? I guess we can look on the bright side; maybe if he's busy working on a Castlevania flick, it means he won't be able to give the go-ahead for another Saw.