Adi Shankar, the producer behind Netflix’s acclaimed Castlevania sequence and the lately introduced Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix, has revealed some extra particulars about his upcoming anime sequence primarily based on Capcom’s Satan Might Cry franchise.
“The season 1 scripts are executed,” Shankar informed IGN Japan in a brand new interview. “They’re rad. I couldn’t be extra excited.”
The scripts have been written in collaboration with Alex Larsen, who wrote the screenplay for the function movie Bodied (produced by Shankar and Eminem, amongst others) and who has extra lately written on the Netflix anime sequence Yasuke.
Shankar defined that Season 1 will embrace “eight episodes”, however that the story is not going to conclude there: Simply as with Castlevania, he’s planning a “multi-season arc”, which means that it’ll unfold over a number of related seasons.
Whereas Shankar wouldn’t reveal particular story particulars, he confirmed that a number of DMC franchise favourite characters will seem. “I can verify that Vergil is in it, in addition to Woman, and naturally Dante as effectively,” he mentioned.
“I also can verify that Chris Pratt gained’t be voicing any of the characters,” Shankar joked. Pratt has lately been forged because the lead in high-profile animated films primarily based on each Tremendous Mario and Garfield.
Shankar commented that working with Capcom on this venture has been “a dream”.
“The complete group each from the administration aspect and the inventive aspect have been so extremely supportive and gracious,” he mentioned. He has been working straight with Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a veteran producer at Capcom who labored on the unique DMC and Resident Evil video games, in addition to 2007’s DMC Satan Might Cry: The Animated Sequence, produced by Japanese animation studio Madhouse.
“Kobayashi-san has been great,” mentioned Shankar. “It’s severely a pleasure to work with Capcom. Their character library is not like something assembled.”
“I also can verify that Chris Pratt gained’t be voicing any of the characters.”
The DMC anime was first introduced by Shankar throughout an interview with IGN in November 2018. He mentioned then that he had acquired the animation rights for the DMC IP himself, “in order that the jabronies in Hollywood can’t f**ok this one up too”.
Shankar has maintained a fiercely fan-friendly strategy throughout all of his initiatives to this point, and Castlevania has been acclaimed by many (together with IGN) as the most effective videogame diversifications of all time. When requested how he is ready to shield the integrity of the video games he adapts for TV, Shankar replied that it requires ardour and an open thoughts, explaining, “Similar to there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy to adapting a e-book to a film and simply as there may be not one proper option to make a canopy track, there isn’t any one-size-fits-all strategy to adapting, translating, or increasing video games into one other medium.”
Within the case of Castlevania, he attributes a part of his success to timing, as he feels the market was ripe for genuine diversifications of basic video games – and certainly, the success of Castlevania has triggered a landslide in high quality game-to-TV diversifications. He sees this as a part of a cultural shift through which the general public have demanded extra trustworthy therapy of their favourite franchises, simply as the price of producing video content material has fallen and the method has been democratized by digital distribution.
“Castlevania had a group of individuals high to backside who had been followers of the IP and needed animation to be taken severely as a medium and never only a style,” mentioned Shankar. “In 2017, once we launched Season 1, it felt like a combat to be observed and even acknowledged by the mainstream. The truth that Castlevania has generated not solely a spin-off however a has basically sparked a whole vertical of grownup oriented animated content material for Netflix is insane. This can be a case of proper place proper time, and I’m honored that I acquired to be part of this journey.”
Shankar can also be engaged on an animated sequence set within the PUBG universe. When requested for an replace on the progress of that present’s manufacturing, he merely replied, “It’s being fast-tracked, lol”.
Shankar’s personal Bootleg Universe has combined all kinds of famend franchises (with and with out permission) as his private sandbox multiverse, and when he first introduced his DMC sequence, he mentioned that it could be part of “Bootleg multiverse”, however gave no additional particulars. Relating to his PUBG present, Shankar confirmed to IGN Japan that it’ll not cross over with every other franchises.
One other Shankar sequence at the moment in manufacturing is Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix, which is loosely primarily based inside Ubisoft’s synthwave-inspired Blood Dragon universe that initially stemmed from the Far Cry sequence. Shankar mentioned through the announcement of Captain Laserhawk at Netflix Geeked Week 2021 that the present was partly influenced by Nineteen Eighties cartoon present Captain N: The Sport Grasp. Lengthy earlier than the MCU, Captain N was Nintendo’s personal cinematic universe, that includes characters from NES hits of the day such because the Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Child Icarus, in addition to Konami’s Castlevania and Capcom’s Mega-Man.
“I beloved Captain N as a child,” mentioned Shankar when requested how the basic present has influenced his strategy to shared universes normally and on Captain Laserhawk particularly.
“I beloved the idea of a child getting sucked right into a videogame world. There have been loads of parallels between Captain N and the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon of the identical period. I assume, regardless of it being critically panned, Captain N was successful as a result of it caught with me and influenced me to create one thing with my recollections of it.
“To be clear the ultimate product of Captain Laserhawk that’s being made by the fantastically inventive of us over at Ubisoft and the dragon power animation studio Bobby Drugs will bear little resemblance to Captain N. I merely wish to cite inspirations.”
Satan Might Cry will reportedly go into manufacturing in early 2022, and no launch date is but confirmed.
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