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James Wan Nabs Castlevania

Genre staple James Wan just landed a gig that will most assuredly have lots of fans screaming, whipping, and tossing holy water at birds and or overly acrobatic midgets!

Bloody Disgusting nailed down the exclusive (and some early concept art below which you can click on for the whole shebang) from Wan himself.

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 tells B-D. “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.

“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,” he continues. “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. 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.”

James Wan Nabs Castlevania

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  • Caterpillar

    Wan shoots gorgeous looking film and I actually think DEAD SILENCE looked even better than DEATH SENTENCE. Not that either of them was flawless but on a purely visual level this guy’s a genius. If they can get the CASTLEVANIA script right this could be really cool. And even if he screws up it’s still bound to be better than what PWSA would have done with it, had he not gotten fired off the project.

    • Masked Slasher

      Right. With Dead Silence and Death Sentence, Wan proved that he’s good a very nice eye.

      He may not be the “traditional” fit for a period piece, but I think he’s going to make a great film – as long as the story is intact.

      Also, I’m really hoping that Simon Belmont is the main character here.

  • Chainsaw

    Finally, some hope!

  • Masked Slasher

    This is great news! Wan’s last movie, Death Sentence, was an incredibly well-shot and good-looking film. He will bring a great visual style to this thing.

  • Beaver

    I thought Paul “Writes Shitty” Anderson had castlevaina?
    but I like James Wans previous work so I look forward to hearing more about this