It seems Konami’s Castlevania franchise has been taking a completely new direction. With legendary Metal Gear mastermind, Hideo Kojima, at the helm of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and now, the director of the critically-acclaimed SAW series for the upcoming Castlevania film, fans of the franchise have a lot to look forward to.
James Wan, co-creator of the Saw horror film series, has signed the role of director for the movie adaptation of the Castlevania series. According to Wan:
“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. 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.”
Since Japanese-styled horror films typically don’t fare well in the American box offices (ala One Missed Call), it will be interesting to see how an American horror director will shape up a Japanese horror game, especially since Konami is embracing his vision for the film.