Saw Director James Wan Takes on Castlevania Movie


A couple of months ago there were reports that Paul W.S. Anderson’s live action Castlevania movie was essentially dead in the water, which had most fans breathing a sigh of relief. At the time, Stomp The Yard director Sylvain White was lined up to direct, but he eventually left the project to shoot The Losers instead. Well, don’t get too comfortable folks, because it looks like Paul W.S. Anderson hasn’t given up on Simon Belmont just yet.

Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive scoop from Comic Con this week that Saw director James Wan has officially signed on to write and direct the Castlevania movie. This kind of makes sense in a way since the last person to do a rewrite on the script was Ian Jeffers, who also wrote the Wan-directed revenge flick Death Sentence. Wan had this to say:

“The thing I love about what Konami did with Castlevania, was taking the iconic Dracula mythology and Eastern-European setting, and retelling it with a Japanese pop-cultural sensibility… That’s the 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.”

While I wasn’t a big fan of the first Saw film, it sounds like he at least has an interesting vision for Castlevania. Just from that quote it shows that he’s thinking about a way to capture the style and atmosphere of the games, which is good news. Mostly I’m just glad that it’s in the hands of an actual horror director this time. Does this announcement change your mind about the Castlevania movie?

Head over to Bloody Disgusting to check out a teaser poster for the film as well.

  • Death Sentence was an enjoyable film so this isn’t terrible news.

    Still, it looks like Warcraft will probably be the first truly good VG film now that Raimi is attached.

  • Matt Keith

    I’ve never really had a problem w/ video game flicks and some(to me) were good, but I remember playing a demo version of one of the Castlvania games and I just don’t know if this will translate into a feature film well.

  • Ben

    Castlevania is actually a perfect candidate for film. It’s the perfect meeting of great story vs. it not being told in the clearest fashion within the games.

    Wan is a much better director than he’s gotten credit for yet so I’m fine with his involvement. Anderson still being involved gives me some pause as, even though I’ve been fine with a lot of his work, his ideas on Castlevania scare me slightly.

  • So this James Wan is going to write and direct Castlevania well lets see how this goes and I bet there will be so news on Onimusha movie getting Asian screenwriters someone like Kazunori Ito to join Keiji Inafune to write the script and Noboru Sugimura will have his on the writing credits as the origianl story.
    There could more news on Ninja Scroll soon also Gears Of War,Lost planet other comic book movies and video games movies.
    Thank you.