There’s no two ways about it: every video game movie ever made up until this point has fallen somewhere between bad and absolutely horrible. It’s not hard to see why either; in most cases the source material is simply not compelling, it’s either a low budget rip-off of another popular movie franchise or completely unsuitable for straight-up film adaptation. That said, I understand why these movies make money. A lot of people play video games, and the familiar characters and name recognition alone is enough to get people curious. I know this because Castlevania is one of my favourite game franchises of all-time, and as a result, I will be drawn to a Castlevania feature film no matter how bad it is likely to be.
Earlier in the year, we heard that Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat) had left the project, which had me feeling pretty good about it. Surely nothing could be worse than Paul W.S. Anderson in the director’s chair, right? Well, today there comes news of a new director on board that has me pining for Anderson again. Sylvain White (I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, Stomp The Yard) is the person taking his place, although he will work with Anderson to rewrite his script. Last we heard, White was supposed to be directing an adaptation of Frank Miller’s Ronin, but I guess that will be put on hold. Personally I’m hoping we get to see some krumping vampires and werewolves on screen… sort of a modern version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Cameras will roll on Castlevania this fall in South Africa and Romania.