James Wan Writing & Directing Castlevania for Paul W.S. Anderson

July 22, 2009
Source: Bloody-Disgusting


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?

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looking at resident evil films this is most likely not even gonna follow the storyline of the game LOL

nelson on Jul 22, 2009


Eh....I feel like it's going to be eff'd up like every other game --> movie. *sigh* And I love the game.

Sabes on Jul 22, 2009


As a huge fan of the series I have to say it could be decent depending on how well wang makes the story. Mind you the games never had much of a story to begin with.

JM on Jul 22, 2009


So, this will be an animated movie, right?

SuicidalOptimist on Jul 22, 2009


hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I hope it has the game music, that was cool.

Crapola on Jul 22, 2009


i hate paul w.s. anderson. another good game turn into a horrible movie 🙁

erik on Jul 23, 2009


this movie will still suck cause its been distrubed by Crystal Sky they aint a good studio look what happening with Tekken that movie was finished producing last year and it ment to come out this year 2009 no trailer or nothing also anything with paul w.s. anderson on it will suck

darkone on Jul 23, 2009


Whatever you do, keep the whip. Without that, it's not Castlevania. Personally, I wish they'd also keep a least a couple of sub-items, too (cross, knife, axe, etc.) These could easily be implemented into the movie.

NadaNuff on Jul 23, 2009


I don't understand how Paul W.S. Anderson still has a job. Do people forget about the crap this guy has come out with? I think they just want to see how many franchises this guy can ruin. He's already destroyed Resident Evil and Aliens vs. Predator, why not take Castlevania down too? Paul W.S. Anderson is at the top of my list for people who need to not exist. The world would be a much better place without him.

Tim on Jul 23, 2009


@1 Follow the story of which game? All 26 basically involve "ZOMG castle! CALL THE BELMONTS!" or "ZOMG castle! I wonder what's inside. ZOMG DRACULA KILL IT!" Of course, Kojima will change all that with Lords of Shadow. Screw the movie, LoS will have 90 minute cutscenes like MGS4 thanks to Kojima, and it will be the most epic Castlevania since Symphony of the Night. Actually, if they're going to make a Castlevania movie, it should be based on SotN...

Cody on Jul 23, 2009


At least Wan seems to know about the film, so it's not a total fail now. I'd actually want to see Simon Belmont and be based on the old NES version. #7, There was a Tekken movie? I had no clue!

Ajax on Jul 23, 2009


#11 yeah a Tekken movie ment to come out this year i dont know what happen to that movie

darkone on Jul 23, 2009


This sounds like it could be good. -Paul is only producing -Wan is re-writing it -Wan knows the game(which doesn't really matter to me as I don't like the games, but the whip is cool) Only problems I see is -Paul is producing -Wan has so far directed only one good movie Saw -Wan hasn't done big special effects or action scenes(his biggest action scene was the parking garage chase in Death Sentence which was horrible) This movie can go either way, I'll be positive about it though. Even though I've only liked Saw I have been hoping to see Wan do a big movie.

jesse on Jul 23, 2009


Dead Silence was horrible.. so definitly not impressed by the director!! but hey, at least it isn't Uwe Boll

darren on Jul 23, 2009



d1rEct on Jul 24, 2009


Other video game movies are still coming with The King Of Fighters with Maggie Q and Sean Faris and Tekken I'm not very happy with these people done with the film so if James Wan does the Castlevania well I'm not a real fan of the series so if he does it right then might come successful or failure. I think that Samuel Hadida should hire Kazunori ito to replace John Collee to rewrite the Onimusha movie script with Keiji Inafune and follow the story from the Onimusha Warlords storyline so whats wrong with Japanese people not writing the script for Hollywood films,Onimusha will be finaniced with Japanese and French filmmakers,think Ninja Scroll they have Alex Tse writing the script for the movie and Leo DiCaprio producing the film. Thank you. BRUCE ACOSTA AUSTRALIA.

Bruce Darren Acosta on Jul 25, 2009


"Castlevania first debuted on the Famicom in 1986 and was later ported to the NES in 1987." FYI, Famicom and NES are the same console, NES is just the american name of the Famicom 😉

Joroidescons on Aug 5, 2009

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