Video games rarely make good movies, and vice versa. It’s one of those facts of life that everyone knows but very few understand. Least of all filmmakers and games developers. Which is why they keep trying to beat the trend and turn video games into movies and movies into video games.
The latest video game to get the movie adaptation treatment is Castlevania, a series of video games which have been around since 1986. Since then there has been a host of games on a host of different gaming platforms. And now the Castlevania series is coming to theaters.
The Castlevania movie has been planned for a while, with Paul W.S. Anderson becoming attached to the project in 2005. But a series of delays meant that in May 2009 the project was listed as officially having been canceled. Not so, says Bloody Disgusting, although a change of personnel has occurred.
BD is reporting that James Wan will now be co-writing and directing Castlevania. The Saw co-creator said:
“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. 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.”
Wan also enthused on how he was seeking to make “a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the Gothic storyline and the cool, anime-like characters.” Which sounds pretty damn good to me. Paul W.S. Anderson is still set to produce, while former director Sylvain White looks to be off the project completely.
Could this finally be a good video game to movie adaptation? No, I doubt it, even though Wan will undoubtedly do a good job.