James Wan Writing & Directing Castlevania for Paul W.S. Anderson
Some exciting news for fans of this game. James Wan, one of the two masterminds behind Saw and the director of Dead Silence and Death Sentence, will be co-writing and directing Castlevania for producer Paul W.S. Anderson (via Bloody-Disgusting). For a long while, Sylvain White had been attached to direct this, but now its landed in Wan's lap. Yes, we know that Paul W.S. Anderson is involved in this, so it might not be that amazing, but I do expect Wan to do a great job with it, at least. "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," Wan said.
"I'll be working on the script with a writer to give it a new spin, different to the previous versions. This will have my stamp on it which Konami is very excited about," he says. In addition to the announcement, Wan gave Bloody-Disgusting a concept teaser poster, which we gave you a tease of above, and talked a bit more about why he loves the games. "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." Castlevania first debuted on the Famicom in 1986 and was later ported to the NES in 1987.
"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. For once, the human hero is as sexy and dangerous as the vampire villain, and his weapon of choice was what attracted me to the project in the first place – The Vampire Killer Whip." Sounds like he at least has a grasp of the game and has an understanding of why it's so damn cool. I actually think Wan is a great, stylistic director, which is why this may be a perfect fit for him. We'll be looking forward to seeing what he comes up with! Do you think Wan is a good choice?