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Castlevania On the Big Screen

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the vampire-killer dept.

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As seemingly one of the few gaming properties not already optioned for a film, Gamespot reports that rights to a Castlevania film have been purchased by Crystal Sky Pictures. From the article: "Paul W.S. Anderson will direct the film, after having game-to-movie experience with Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil. Steven Paul and Benedict Carver of Crystal Sky and Anderson and Jeremy Bolt of Impact Pictures will produce the movie. No cast has been announced, and production is set to start in mid-2006."

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Ugh... (2)

supersocialist (884820) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952411)

...but at least it will have a great score.

Re:Ugh... (1)

xiao_haozi (668360) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952444)

you seem as though the lineage of mortal kombat and resident evil isn't awesome in itself...I'm jus waiting for the live action Dynamite Cop!

Re:Ugh... (1)

Bozzio (183974) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952624)

well, we can only hope!

I've always considered the music in the Castlevania series to be a big reason for its success. It has done wonders for creating the unique atmosphere of the game's universe, especially back in the NES days when graphics and gameplay were limited.

It would really be a shame if the movie score fell short of the game scores... (For me, anyway) this would basically mean they'd be totally missing the mark in recreating the Castlevania "experience".

But Hey, I'm just a music and retro gaming dork.

Re:Ugh... (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 8 years ago | (#13956608)

I seriously wonder whether it will be better or worse than Van Helsing.

Re:Ugh... (1)

rei1974 (920626) | more than 8 years ago | (#13982437)

Yes I agree definitely... love the theme :)

what we really need (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952477)

What we really need is a contra movie!

Re:what we really need (1)

ERJ (600451) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952546)

There was. It was called Predator...or Aliens...or pretty much any movie on SciFi.

Pac man? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13952510)

Pac man? WTF?

Is NOTHING Sacred? (3, Funny)

dsands1 (183088) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952532)

What's next? "Stampede, The Movie"... =(

Someone needs to rm -rf Paul W.S. Anderson and all his game to movie bastardizations...

Re:Is NOTHING Sacred? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13953159)

I think people need to cut Paul W.S. Anderson a little slack, its not as if he is as bad as Uwe Boll.

Lets face it he does about as well as a person can with the properties he has aquired; I think most writers/directors would have an amazingly difficult time making a movie that is entertaining and yet still is true to its videogame roots. If you actually critically assess a videogame's plot you will realize that they have no real character development, outrageously bad premises, and the motivations for the lead characters actions are almost non-existent.

Mortal Kombat was inspired by really bad martial arts movies and Paul W.S. Anderson produced a really bad martial arts movie that captured what Mortal Kombat was.

Resident Evil was inspired by really bad Zombie movies and Paul W.S. Anderson produced a really bad Zombie movie.

There is no writer/director combo that could ever make Metal Gear or Twisted Metal movies that did not completely suck; Paul W.S. Anderson could at least make them entertaining, Uwe Boll would make some sort of Midget rape sequence for no real reason.

Re:Is NOTHING Sacred? (1)

Cutting_Crew (708624) | more than 8 years ago | (#13955945)

screw that.. give me the Pong Movie that will roxxxor!!!111

Re:Is NOTHING Sacred? (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 8 years ago | (#13967611)

Don't forget to escape the spaces, lest you nail poor Paul and not find files W.S. and Anderson. And you won't even know it happened, because you passed in the -f flag, which stands for -fool or -f'ing_confident depending on whether it blows up or not.

(rm -rf'ed an hour worth of work yesterday with a typo, so maybe I'm just bitter.)

Side Scrolling? (3, Funny)

NVP_Radical_Dreamer (925080) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952644)

Side scrolling camera shot anyone?

Could be worse... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13952666)

the director could be Uwe Boll.

Re:Could be worse... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13954923)

That's like someone who learns they have AIDS and says "...at least its not ebola!"

The problem with... (2)

dubiousx99 (857639) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952724)

making action movies out of action games is that Action game needs to be pretty constant action to be entertaining while a movie needs a rise and fall in the action to accentuate a story. If you try to make a good movie you are likely to not be true to spirit of the game, where as if you try to be true to the spirit of the game (constant action) you're likely to end up with something gothic on speed. It just won't be pretty.

Tag Team Tornado (2, Funny)

dbhankins (688931) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952761)

I'm just waiting for Paul Anderson and Uwe Boll to team up as co-directors.

CounterStrike: Teh Suxxor

Seriously...if you're going to screw up a movie adaptation of a game, why not do it with some style? Get Roger Corman on it, at least then the result would be horrendously cheesy and fun to watch.

Yay we're doomed! (1)

torchdragon (816357) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952767)

I for one can't wait. I mean, Alien Vs. Predator (the movie) was such an atrocity I almost gouged my eyes out with a tic-tac. The reaction from fans at Mr. Anderson's latest bumbling in the film industry should cause geysers of hatred and blood.

Re:Yay we're doomed! (2, Interesting)

Kazzahdrane (882423) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952902)

I've never played the AvP games, though I'm well aware of their accepted high level of quality and fun. I enjoyed AvP (the movie) though, certainly enough that I would see it again if I had a chance. It was fun and there was some cool action, the storyline was basic but it set up for what we wanted to see: Aliens Vx Predators Vs unlucky humans.

Re:Yay we're doomed! (1)

MagicDude (727944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13953588)

I think PVP [pvponline.com] said it best about the AVP movie - Half hour of greatness wrapped up in an hour of suck.

Re:Yay we're doomed! (1)

G-funk (22712) | more than 8 years ago | (#13955602)

Half an hour of greatness? Preadtor crash tackles an alien. Maybe a little saucer underneath the cup, that's it . That was the sole good thing about that film. The (non queen) Aliens and the Predators looked right, but that's about all that was faithful to either franchise... 25minute incubations? Predators that are total pussies and use the self distruct bomb as a throw-away weapon? The arm bomb working when not attached to the suit? IT'S IN THE FREAKING SNOW!

"Welcome back, Mr. Anderson" (2, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 8 years ago | (#13952946)

Well, actually, no, we haven't missed you at all.

Chris Mattern

Re:"Welcome back, Mr. Anderson" (1)

patternjuggler (738978) | more than 8 years ago | (#13963831)

Well, actually, no, we haven't missed you at all.

If you've seen any of the video game movies of Uwe Boll or Resident Evil: Apocalypse you'll find that Paul Andersen is god's immaculate gift to movie directordom, relatively speaking.

meh (1)

paradigmdream (915171) | more than 8 years ago | (#13953140)

great another game will be ruined by a bad movie

finally, castlevania will join the ranks of (1)

chomprock (927088) | more than 8 years ago | (#13953205)

mortal kombat, street fighter, and all the other pitiful video game-based movies. (whoops, forgot doom [vin diesel/the rock is the marine!] and halo)

Re:finally, castlevania will join the ranks of (1)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 8 years ago | (#13956311)

Hey, Doom (the movie) was quite fine... i just saw it yesterday. No, it's not Citizen Kane but's a fun popcorn movie with some genuine highlights.

The worst possible actors.... (2, Interesting)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13953219)

for any Belmont, in no particular order.
Matthew McConaughey
Leonardo Decaprio
Hayden Christensen
Ewan McGregor (because he has only one accent)
Johnny Depp
Orlando Bloom (again, only one accent... and he can't act anyway)
Toby McGuire
Tom Cruise

Best charecter lineup? I don't know. But, seeing as the odds are the movie will suck, I'd really like to see the Belmont played by someone who we can take seriously.
Or just screw the whole show up and make it fun! I foresee:


Dracula must be played by Christopher Walken!

Re:The worst possible actors.... (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 8 years ago | (#13953393)

- Howard Stern as Dracula.

- Michael Jackson as one of the mummies.

- Fabio as the Belmont.

The director should make sure non of them open their mouth and the movie will be a smash hit.... comedy.

Re:The worst possible actors.... (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13953507)

Okay, you got me. This would work great. How about Janet Reno as Medusa, and every US senetor as a walk-on zombie!

Re:The worst possible actors.... (1)

RocketRay (13092) | more than 8 years ago | (#13954020)

And this guy (Paul W.S. Anderson) is the worst possible director. I've been forced to see two of his movies (Soldier & Resident Evil) and those four hours are gone forever.

Re:The worst possible actors.... (1)

mink (266117) | more than 8 years ago | (#13969577)

Soldier was fun.
They take pains to tell you exactly how many guys are in a unit, and how many will be sent after him.
Then you can count as he takes out a far greater number of guys then the quoted amount.

Lots of drinking game opportunities as well.

Re:The worst possible actors.... (2, Interesting)

rubberbando (784342) | more than 8 years ago | (#13954785)

Dracula must be played by Christopher Walken!

Ok, but then Alucard would have to be played by Steve Buscemi because I'd swear those two look like father and son. :-P

As long as... (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#13953348)

it includes that great room in the new DS Castlevania... upper-left of the castle in the noblemen's quarter's-type area. The only thing in a backround is a huge bed, and there's just a pile of Succubi, witches, and maid-girls.

It doesn't matter if it sucks (2, Insightful)

Chemical (49694) | more than 8 years ago | (#13954040)

It really won't matter how good or bad the movie is. Nobody is going to see a movie called "Castlevania". It's a cute name for a video game, but for a movie it just sounds cheesy.

Re:It doesn't matter if it sucks (1)

mink (266117) | more than 8 years ago | (#13969616)

Maybe they will call it Belmont. Or maybe Castlevania Belmont, it kinda has the sound of Napoleon Dynamite.

I can hardly contain my excitement (1)

SteWhite (212909) | more than 8 years ago | (#13954177)

Paul W.S. Anderson will direct the film, after having game-to-movie experience with Mortal Kombat [imdb.com] and Resident Evil [imdb.com] .

So, a 5.1 rating and a 6.2 rating. Personally, I thought Resident Evil was one of the worst films I have ever seen. Even my nephew, who was 11 when watching it, and thought films like "Bad Boys" were cool, could see how awful it was. Big mistake.

Re:I can hardly contain my excitement (1)

SScorpio (595836) | more than 8 years ago | (#13954676)

Though Resident Evil wasn't that good of a movie it still was somewhat true to the series. Come on, the series tries to put you in an interactive B Horror Movie. You expected some epic film like Lord of the Rings? I'd personally give it a 7-7.5 as a good but not great movie.

Mortal Kombat on the other hand was one of the best video games to movie conversions. It's true the sequel sucked, but the first film had a very americanized hong kong kung fu movie feel to it. I'm sure being a fan of cheesy kung fu movies helped be enjoy the movie, but I really enjoyed how the movie didn't take itself too seriously. If you haven't seen it, it's a good retail and surprisingly low on the gore and violence that made the games so big. Now that steaming turd Street Fighter that had all of the hollywood "talent"... *shudder*.

Easy. (2, Interesting)

bluemeep (669505) | more than 8 years ago | (#13954547)

Redub [i]Van Helsing[/i] with Castlevania-based dialog and digitally add a whip to Wolverine's hand in a few scenes. Viola.

Re:Easy. (1)

Hishio (930344) | more than 8 years ago | (#14008288)

Terrifying, yet true.

As soon as I saw the director... (2, Funny)

Doctor Tesla (895547) | more than 8 years ago | (#13955388)

I just cringed in pain. It could be Uwe Boll, but that's like the guys at 3 Mile Island going "well, at least we're not Chernobyl."

Just Me? (1)

miyako (632510) | more than 8 years ago | (#13956135)

Am I the only one who liked both Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil?
I thought both movies did a good job of taking the basic concept of the game and turning them into halfway decent movies. The only thing that really irked me about Resident Evil was that George A. Romero wrote a script for Resident Evil that, while perhaps even less true to the game than the movie we got, was a much better script. If you ever get a chance, google for Romero's script for Resident Evil.
/huge George A. Romero fan.

Re:Just Me? (1)

AndrewStephens (815287) | more than 8 years ago | (#13961254)

Your not the only one. I remember seeing Mortal Kombat on TV and being impressed how they had managed to turn a 2D fighting game into a cheesy but watchable movie (I loved the 4-armed dude). Resident Evil was suprisingly OK as well.
I saw Doom last week, it wasn't nearly as good.

Zelda movie (1)

dividedsky319 (907852) | more than 8 years ago | (#13958343)

I'd LOVE to see an attempt at a Zelda movie... not some cheap action thriller like Castlevania is sure to be, but an epic LOTR like movie. The stories are out there, they could pick the plot of any of the Zelda games... Perhaps A Link to the Past. Now, move on it Hollywood!

Why bother getting the rights? (2, Funny)

AndrewStephens (815287) | more than 8 years ago | (#13959770)

Is Hollywood is desperate to get the 16-30 demographic back into the theatres that they will spend money on purchasing the rights to a popular game when they could easily make the exact same movie without the rights by changing a characters' names (which they will probably do anyway). The plot is so generic that they could make their own "lone man storms a castle to fight monsters" movie.
I guess the Doom movie was just successful enough for them to think that maybe it is worth a try.

Re:Why bother getting the rights? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13963607)

It's not the movie that sells (we all know that), it's the title...

I'm willing to bet... (1)

ApuD2 (929032) | more than 8 years ago | (#13966542)

...that the W.S. in Paul "W.S." Anderson stands for "What Substance?" Seriously...I was confused after watching five minutes of Alien vs. Predator. How in the would could anyone mess up something so simple like that?

This will be great... (1)

rabbot (740825) | more than 8 years ago | (#13969581)

As long as there are zombies, automatic weapons, and former sports/wrestling stars filling lead roles.
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