For years, video game fans have been looking forward to the day when Hollywood adaptations of their favorite properties would rise above the god-awful level of Street Fighter, and above the niche or mildly passable quality of Resident Evil. Last year, between Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft, we had hoped that the age of video game adaptations would be upon us, but it was yet another misstep of a year in an all-too-common narrative. But it seems like we may have rested our hopes in the wrong place. Perhaps the film medium wasn’t the one that was best suited for video game adaptations.
Enter producer Adi Shankar. About a year and a half ago, he teamed up with the animation studio Frederator to bring Castlevania to life in animated form. The series is hitting Netflix later this year, and Shankar promises it to be the best video game adaptation to date. While the jury is still out on whether or not that’s the case, this new piece of news from Shankar seems to imply he may very well be on the right track.
Taking to Facebook, Shankar announced his involvement in bringing yet another video game property to the small screen in animated form: Assassin’s Creed. Here's what he had to say.
“I’m happy to let you guys know that I've selected my next project! I played the first edition of Assassin's Creed the year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream. At that moment I knew absolutely no one in the industry and could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin's Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series. If anyone tells you not to follow your passion in life they are wrong.”
For those who have seen the teaser trailer for Castlevania, it’s a series that also very much looks like an anime. This seems to imply that Shankar will be going for a similar style and aesthetic for Assassin’s Creed. While he hasn’t stated that he will be going back to Frederator — nor is it clear if he will also be re-partnering with Netflix — this certainly makes it seem like Castlevania turned out to be a strong series.
We’d like to think that this announcement has only been made after these partnerships have been revisited, and if that’s the case, it seems to support the idea that the Castlevania series is strong. After all, why would Netflix and Frederator sign on once again if the show turned out bad. Again, we’ll have to wait and see if this truly is the case, but we’re optimistic, especially since this announcement comes before the actual release of the show on Netflix. Additionally, we don't know if Ubisoft saw any of the series yet, but if they did, and they then opted to contact Shankar about making one for Assassin's Creed, that can only bode well.
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SOURCE: Adi Shankar