Today is the day four episodes of Netflix’s Castevania series premiere on Netflix — but series producer Adi Shankar isn’t finished yet. He’d like to make more anime productions based on video games and his next target, announced this week, is an adaption of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed. Azaïzia Aymar, head of content for the game series, confirmed that Shankar is doing it and Ubisoft is involved.
UPDATE: This is not the end of the Castlevania series; Netflix has just renewed the show for an additional season of eight episodes.
Previously, before he landed this gig, Shankar spoke of a desire to adapt the first three seasons of Power Rangers in anime form, which would have been more interesting. But Ubisoft has been aggressively pushing the expansion of their own brands recently, and released an Assassin’s Creed movie last Christmas. Barely anybody saw that movie, partly due to bad reviews and partly because they decided to release it opposite Star Wars: Rogue One. If this is their attempt at another go in a different format, you can’t blame them (though the flop is mostly their fault).
Netflix’s Castlevania is an animated adaption of the third game in the series, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. It stars the voices of Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) as Trevor Belmont, James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) as Alucard, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades and Emily Swallow as Dracula’s wife Lisa. The always excellent Matt Frewer is also involved somewhere. The entire four-part first season is live as of today.