Doing my annual Google-search for "Castlevania" just before Christmas, I discovered something that made me nearly sh*t my pantaloons. At first I didn't believe what I read. After all, it is the internet, or Lie-Central as I like to call it.
But, curiously, I delved deeper. Finally I came upon my ultimate proof at IMDB.com, where no lies may penetrate, and chance of rumours is less than 2%! My hands were actually shaking like a sugar-deprived diabetic when I confirmed the news:
Castlevania, one of the greatest video-game franchises in the history of gaming, is being made into a movie.
I've been waiting for this moment since I was 15 years old. Konami, for the third time since "Castlevania" debuted in 1986, had shot an arrow of Dracula-Doppelganger-skeleton-Leviathan-Medusa Head love through my heart. After plunking down an extremely hard-earned $85 for "Dracula's Curse", the final NES instalment of Dracula-killing awesomeness, I knew that a movie was a definite possibility. After 3 hit games, I wondered why Konami wasn't pursuing it.
When the Playstation first debuted in the 1990s, another Castlevania game emerged. Symphony Of The Night was, and is, so phenomenal that it was unofficially declared to be the best video game ever created and/or The Best 2D Video Game ever made. Don't believe me? Google it.
I've seen this game offered for sale on eBay and other such websites for as much as $325 U.S., a whopping 540% higher than its original cost! Even a used one can easily fetch double its original retail price.
What does this all mean? Castlevania is hot. Right, Paris?
And Konami, realising this, has finally approved the shift from game to big screen. But there's a problem. Their $50-million budget won't help them when Paul W.S. Anderson starts directing the movie straight into the ground. Apparently Dimension Films dropped the project due to Mr. Anderson's unworthy script.
The movie still has the go-ahead, although, from Universal Studios' Rogue Pictures. Shit.