Castlevania season 1 just arrived on Netflix and, as it turns out, the streaming service feels quite confident in what they have. Usually, networks and streaming services wait a little bit to see how a show does before giving the green light to more episodes. But that is not the case with Castlevania. It turns out that Netflix has already ordered Castlevania season 2 with an expanded episode order.
Producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) recently spoke with CinemaRunner in honor of Castlevania season 1, which is being billed as Part 1, arriving on Netflix. The first season is just four episodes long, but the streaming service has given Castlevania season 2 a little more breathing room with twice as many episodes. Here's what Adi Shankar had to say when asked if there was any material he wanted to include in the first season that didn't make the cut.
"Well, let's remember that this is just season one. And not only has season two already been greenlit, but the episode order has been doubled to eight episodes. So the chapter definitely hasn't fully closed on this story."
Adi Shankar is asserting himself in the world of animation. He recently confirmed that he is shifting his focus in that direction and, in addition to his Castlevania series, he also recently announced that he is working on an Assassin's Creed anime series with UbiSoft. Possibly for Netflix as well. For a guy who is primarily known for his high-budget fan films, such as Punisher: Dirty Laundry and Power/Rangers, that's pretty impressive.
Video game adaptations have been tricky, but it sounds like Castlevania hit the nail on the head. Hollywood can't seem to crack the code on Video game movies, but maybe animated shows like this are a safer bet. The series, which is based on the video game of the same name, is a dark medieval fantasy that chronicles the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, who is trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Dracula. Graham McTavish (Outlander, Preacher) provides the voice of Dracula, with Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) voicing Simon Belmont.
Castlevania season 1 was written by Warren Ellis, but there is no word yet on if he will return for Castlevania season 2. Netflix will probably want to keep the same creative team in place, given how enthusiastic they seem to be about the adaptation. Since Castlevania has had more than 20 games in its long history since the first game debuted on the NES in 1987, there is plenty of stories to draw inspiration from. Other classic monsters like Medusa, Frankenstein and the Mummy have played a role in some of the other Castlevania games, so Dracula could be getting some company in Castlevania season 2. But before we get ahead of ourselves, you should probably head on over to Netflix and watch the first season of Castlevania. Then feel free to speculate wildly.