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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Netflix’s The Witcher TV Series Casts Revealed

Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich of Netflix’s The Witcher has finally found its lead female casts.

Based on the original work of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher has become a successful media franchise and is being proceeded to be adapted into a TV Series for Netflix starring British actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel).

After casting him, showrunner of upcoming Netflix’s The Witcher, Lauren Hissrich leaves social media when unconfirmed news of her casting a non-white actress for Ciri created major backlash from Witcher fans and now she has returned to reveal casting for some of series’ most important roles.

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Netflix’s The Witcher TV Series Casts Revealed

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According to her interview with Hollywood Reporter, actress Freya Allan (Into the Badlands, The War of the Worlds) and Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) will join the show alongside Cavill as female leads Ciri and Yennefer respectively.

In contrast to the central character Geralt of Rivia, Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon is known as Ciri, princess of Cintra and his adoptive daughter. On the other hand, Yennefer is a sorceress and a love interest to Geralt, also came to be a mother figure to Ciri.

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Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra cast as Ciri and Yennefer

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Lauren S. Hissrich, who has previous history of working on Marvel's Netflix TV universe, is serving as showrunner and an executive producer for the upcoming fantasy series alongside Alik Sakharov (Game of Thrones, House of Cards).

After Polish video game developer company CD Projekt Red launched The Witcher as an action role-playing game back in 2007, it gained insane popularity and become the primary standard of visual representation of the entire lore worldwide.

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Though she is a fan of the games but for the interpretation of the show, she does not want to rely heavily on the best-selling video game franchise and states the following.

We needed to create our own visual representation. As I’ve been developing the series I’ve actually pulled back from playing the video games because I wanted to make sure the show we were creating was its own unique thing.

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Although no dates for Netflix’s The Witcher premiere has been currently confirmed by official sources yet, the production will start very soon for the eight episodes long run. Hissrich is aiming for a depiction sophisticated from the games because the author of The Witcher did not always specify the diversity of people in the books.

When she ditched Twitter last month due to the controversy over a casting call for Ciri, they hired a casting director for the show, who has already cast 50 people total and Freya Allan was picked from over 200 young women of Europe.

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Netflix’s The Witcher TV Series Casts

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The rest of the supporting cast includes Jodhi May (The Best Man, The Escapist) to play the role of Queen Calanthe and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Homecoming, You're Killing Me Susana) as her husband and the king of Cintra, Eist. Adam Levy (Before I Go to Sleep, Knightfall) is cast to play the role of druid Mousesack and MyAnna Buring (Doomsday, Kill List) as sorceress Tissaia.

Millie Brady (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) plays the role of Princess Renfri while Mimi Ndiweni (Cinderella, The Legend of Tarzan) and Therica Wilson-Read (Fox Trap, Suicide Club) is cast as novice sorcerers.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Telltale Games Sued for Breaking Labor Laws

Former Telltale Games employee files lawsuit against the company for violating California’s state labor laws.

Last week, we came to know that video game developer/publisher Telltale Games is going out of business and this tragic event hit everyone pretty hard; especially the 250 employees they have laid off without any prior notice or any form of severance for their relentless services.

What comes after this shocking news is that one of their former employees, who got laid off during this closure event decided to sue the company in a class-action lawsuit for violating labor laws of California.

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Telltale Games Sued for Breaking Labor Laws

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This Monday, Vernie Roberts have submitted the lawsuit in the federal court of San Francisco on behalf of himself and his fellow workers who got laid-off. He said, the employees were fired without a proper cause or any advance written notice in the complaint, violating the WARN Act.

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, formed back in 1988 requires a company having at least 100 full-time workers to be notified 60 days in advance in case of a closure event or a mass layoff.

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By "mass layoff" it defines, a cutback of 50 or more employees, that has to be at least one-third of the entire workforce within a 30-day period. However, the state-level version of WARN Act in California established in 2003, requires more strict conditions but still requires an advance notice of 60 days.

Since Telltale had a total of around 275 workers and redacted 250 of them, their number is more than a mere one-third. They were denied of any severance except health benefits until the end of month.

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Filed on September 24, 2018, the class-action lawsuit against Telltale Games by Vernie Roberts Jr. is below for you to take a look at the full complaint.



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Defying the WARN Act by attempting studio closure or a mass layoff without 60 days' advance notice can cause a company to deal with major financial penalties. Instead of paying fines, they are to pay benefits and salaries to the ones affected for each day of the violation period.

Apparently, Telltale didn't follow the procedure and if the applicant wins the lawsuit, then Telltale would have to provide salary and benefits to all of those 275 employees for 60 days following their termination period.

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The studio is currently working with only 25 employees to complete their Minecraft: Story Mode interactive adaption for Netflix. Other planned projects like Stranger Things game and The Wolf Among Us 2 eventually got cancelled when they planned their closure.

Fate of their ongoing project The Walking Dead: The Final Season also became somewhat uncertain after that announcement but they are trying to complete that with help from third parties except for paying their former workers.

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When they announced to complete the final two episodes of Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season on Twitter, fans was quick to point out on social media that they need to do something about those 250 employees laid off recently aside from finishing Clementine's unfinished tale.

Game director Cory Barlog of God of War was one of the first to comment about paying up the former team their severance. Many other fans and even a former Telltale member Job Stauffer came forward concerning this issue.




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Telltale has released no official statement on the matter about whether or not they are planning to offer any sort of compensation to those 250 former staffs or provide opportunity of working on The Final Season if they get to finish it with help from partners.

This rises for a need to form a union of industry workers to deal with those unpaid long hours and one-sided contracts. Ultimately, these folks will carry this bitter experience for their life and will make them rethink to come back to video game industry.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Telltale's Stranger Things Game Footage Leaked

With Telltale Games shutting down, footage from their Stranger Things video game has recently been leaked online.

When video game developer and publisher Telltale Games officially announced for a closure last week, everyone from the industry was struck in awe. Employees were laid off without pay and fans were upset because many of their favorite title will get canned.

Many highly-anticipating projects such as The Walking Dead: The Final Season and The Wolf Among Us Season 2 got cancelled as well as a Stranger Things game, which has some early footage leaked online recently.

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Telltale's Stranger Things Game Footage Leaked

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Previously Netflix has revealed their association with Telltale to produce a licensed game based on the popular sci-fi drama series Stranger Things from their streaming platform back in June. During the studio ending decision, the project was inevitably cancelled.

After firing most of their workers, the studio is currently working with only 25 of them to complete their unfinished work like a five-episode, interactive adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode for the same streaming giant.

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Luckily for fans of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, they decided to finish The Final Season after all. However, Stranger Things and The Wolf Among Us 2 still remains cancelled despite Netflix wanting an interactive universe for the former title.

The series of short videos in question has no official proof of legitimacy but has resemblance to style of art with previous games from Telltale. This is probably because Netflix wanted them to re-create something like The Walking Dead from 2012.

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After making rounds on social media site Reddit and image-based online bulletin board 4chan, the clips were spread everywhere. If you look closely at them, it has the signature of click and point vibe all over it and was from a version of the game that was on near-completion level.






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The first three clips were mostly focused on young protagonist Will Byers and his mother Joyce in their own household. The first one shows her talking on phone, Will looks into his drawers in the next and then sat in front of his old-school modeled computer while talk to each other.

The last two clips switched perspective into first-person and seems like on the Upside Down as a Demogorgon shows up, which forces Will to hide under bed. This clearly shows that the game intended to take a more horror-centric path down the road.

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Although you cannot make much out of these clips on when the events of the game took place but at least now you know how they could have turned out to be and if you are a fan of the show then it'd really mean something to you (just like it did to us).

It looks like that Telltale was going for repeating a similar experience to The Walking Dead games with some dialogue sequence here and there with player choices and then introducing some action in the mix to give the same feel of the show.

Netflix Still Wants Stranger Things Game

Whether or not Telltale Games keeps up making interactive video games, Netflix still wants a Stranger Things game.

By making critically-praised games based on licensed properties like Batman, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead, developer/publisher Telltale Games have made a name for themselves in the video game industry.

That is why the entire community was shattered by the news of them going out of business and came to their support. Not only the fans waiting for upcoming titles were shocked at this but more than 200 employees were left jobless as a result.

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Netflix Still Wants Stranger Things Game

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This sudden decision of studio closure made them leave The Walking Dead: The Final Season still incomplete as it only premiered the first episode on August 14. Even the highly anticipated The Wolf Among Us Season 2 was cancelled during the layoff.

The remaining projects that Telltale intended to finish was an interactive adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode and a video game based on popular TV series Stranger Things for Netflix, which will be much like Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

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The streaming giant assures that one of these games is definitely coming to their platform as planned after the remaining crew of the developer studio completes it and meanwhile, they will be looking for options to eventually complete the other one.

Reportedly, Telltale would continue their efforts on bringing the experience of Minecraft for Netflix audience while they keep looking for other options at hand to create their very own Stranger Things interactive universe.

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Back in June, both Netflix and Telltale announced about their joint venture for a five-episode adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode and it was scheduled to release this fall to provide an interactive experience for their audience to stream online.

Stranger Things on the other hand was intended to come out as a licensed game, just like the other episodic graphic adventure titles the developers have worked on. The third season of this sci-fi drama was announced back in December with a release date yet to be revealed.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Henry Cavill to Star in Netflix’s The Witcher

Netflix casts actor Henry Cavill to play the lead role in their upcoming original TV series adaptation of The Witcher.

British actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel) has been playing the comic-book character of Superman for DC Extended Universe for some time and has garnered praise for his recent role in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Apparently, the actor has been cast in lead role by popular online streaming-service Netflix for their anticipated upcoming television adaptation project of The Witcher action role-playing video game series from Polish game developer company CD Projekt Red.

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Henry Cavill to Star in Netflix’s The Witcher

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The idea for a television adaptation of The Witcher was first pitched back in May 2017 and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich who has worked in Marvel's Netflix TV universe joined as showrunner. They were looking for a cast to play the lead character and the actor expressed his interest in playing the role in a recent interview. Today Cavill is officially finalized to play monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia and this one is undoubtedly going to become one of the best Netflix originals worth watching.

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Lately, Netflix has become an online streaming mogul and the original TV shows they have been producing are immensely trendy among a global audience. Their original productions like Dark, House of Cards, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, Peaky Blinders and Stranger Things have amassed huge success from different genres. Then there are shows like Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Defenders, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s The Punisher with crazy fan-following.

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Best Netflix Originals Worth Watching

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Henry Cavill would be returning to small screen after a long break from his last work on Showtime's The Tudors in 2007-2010. Hopefully, his role in The Witcher will not affect any of his upcoming movies from DC Extended Universe because of his appearance. We obviously don't expect of having any scheduling conflict either because regular shows on Netflix only takes eight episodes per season compared to other network drama of an average of 22 episodes.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Henry Cavill Wants to Star in Netflix’s The Witcher

Henry Cavill has revealed that he would love to star in Netflix's upcoming The Witcher television series.

Aside from becoming popular for gaining fame by portraying renowned comic-book character of Superman for DC Extended Universe, British actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel) is also known for being an avid video gamer to his fans. Recently, his strong performance in this summer’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout has earn him major acclaim and perhaps, he is eyeing for his next big project, which is to star in Netflix’s upcoming anticipated television adaptation of The Witcher series.

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Henry Cavill Wants to Star in Netflix’s The Witcher

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In one of his latest interview, Cavill has talked about his passion for the immensely popular action role-playing video game from developer CD Projekt Red when he was asked about what he has been playing lately. Then he replied saying that he just finished replaying The Witcher 3 and in response to the question of whether he would like to play the role of protagonist Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher series, he simply said, "Absolutely. Yeah, that would be an amazing role."

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The Witcher video game franchise was built upon the novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski, by Polish developer studio CD Projekt Red, which led to three successful installments and received critical acclaim. Back in May 2017, online streaming-service Netflix decided to explore their very distinct take on the lore of the game before producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's The Defenders) was finally announced as series show-runner in December 2017.

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Cavill also took interest in reading Sapkowski's novels and recommended them worth reading as they are really good. Previously, he revealed on Conan that he originally missed the call from director Zack Snyder to be cast as Superman in the first place, because he was too busy playing World of Warcraft at that time. Although we know very less about the status of this Netflix series development, the script for pilot has been completed according to some recent report but no news on casting yet.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Castlevania Season 2 Official Trailer

Netflix’s Castlevania series drops a new trailer for upcoming second season and will start streaming on October 26.

Premiering with only 4 episodes in 2017, Season 1 of Castlevania anime adaptation became very successful and received critical acclaim. Developed for online streaming service Netflix, the series was based on a 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse from developer studio Konami and belongs to gothic fantasy game series of Castlevania. Executive producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) has unveiled the official trailer on Twitter first, before adding them on Facebook and Instagram today.

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Castlevania Season 2 Official Trailer

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Things are not the same anymore and Season 2 opens up with all stakes raised higher than the previous season in a brand-new trailer.




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A double-sized Season 2 takes us back to the struggle of monster-hunting Belmont clan against the lord of vampire, Vlad Dracula Tepes. Trevor Belmont tries his best to save humanity from the creature of the night under the command of their sinister lord. To stop his reign of insanity over the grief of his deceased wife Lisa Tepes, Dracula's son Alucard decides to step up and join his unlikely human allies to form a last stand against his father and his vampire war council before it is too late.

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Aside from being a little too short in length, Castlevania animated TV series was meant to change standards for video game adaptation and it did by breaking a streak on Rotten Tomatoes. On the same year, Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft movies opened up to less favorable critical reception. This year, Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson (Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) starrer monster flick Rampage debuted with a bang but then failed to keep up in long run.

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Back in January, series writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men – Xenogenesis, Iron Man – Extremis) announced on Twitter that Castlevania series is returning to summer 2018 with eight episodes for this season and Netflix has announced that date to be October 26, 2018. Even though Season 2 hasn't still been aired, Richard Armitage voicing Trevor Belmont already revealed earlier that Season 3 is already in production, which shows their vast confidence on the series' success.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Neil Druckmann Talks The Last of Us Inspiration

As creative game director at Naughty Dog, Neil Druckmann can surely take pride for his contribution to The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Among these, the former is a critically acclaimed and commercially successful game with a sequel in works. At the 21st DICE Awards, he opened up about his source of inspiration for The Last of Us and its strong narrative in an interview with director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror).

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Neil Druckmann Talks The Last of Us Inspiration

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Druckmann says that how much he was fond of Monkey Island and the Sierra games. He revealed that as a story-centric game, Half-Life truly blew him away. His time at Naughty Dog started off as a programming intern working on Jak 3 and Jak X: Combat Racing. These eventually led him to work with adventurer Nathan Drake for the action-adventure genre of Uncharted game series.

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While working on these projects, Druckmann was always seeking answer for better ways of telling stories throughout the gameplay and with that mindset, his goal was to create characters who can tell stories without wearing any fancy costumes. So, when he got the chance to shape the world of The Last of Us for Naughty Dog in 2013, his long-time dream actually came true at long last.

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In the game, the protagonist tries to protect a girl from the hazards of a post-apocalyptic world while constantly fighting ravaging infected populace of their surroundings. The perfect blend of story-telling through the elements of survival horror was created in the process and it left a deep impact on gamers and pop culture. With a record-breaking game taking the gaming world by storm, the developers focused on a sequel.

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The End of the F***ing World

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Currently, The Last of Us Part 2 II is in works for PlayStation 4 and already two breathtaking trailers are dropped. As he was talking about it, Druckmann reveals that the game took major inspiration from the dark comedy original Netflix series The End of the F***ing World and the emphasis were mainly focused on the dialogue of the sequel. According to him, the story of the series is well written and acted, which you would agree too if you have already watched the show or the trailer.

"There’s a show on Netflix called End of the F***ing World – which is so well written, acted, and quirky – has been totally inspiring the stuff we’re doing in [The Last of Us 2]. Again, more on the dialogue stuff."

Though the show, The End of the F***ing World is worth a binge watch if you are all game for a good time, the black comedic tones of the series hardly matches with a post-apocalyptic game setting of The Last of Us filled with cannibals and hostile humans everywhere. The edgy dialogues of it however, go along fine with the messed up atmosphere of the game. Neil Druckmann was probably referring to laughing at the darker side of things in Naughty Dog's crown jewel.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Netflix’s Castlevania Returns on Summer 2018

The animated TV series adaptation of Konami's fan-favorite action-adventure horror game series Castlevania by comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis) and executive producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey), Castlevania on Netflix was exceptionally well received by the fans. As Netflix was interested for Castlevania Season 2 after the first Season, viewers are growing restless for it.

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Netflix’s Castlevania Returns on Summer 2018


Recently, series writer Warren Ellis took Twitter to clear some air about the speculation for the second Season and here it goes.


Ellis is the one who helped Adi Shankar to adapt this Netflix project on 1989's Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse from game developer studio Konami. When the online streaming network was pleased with the positive reception for the four episode-long Season 1 of Castlevania anime, they decided to continue with a second Season. However, there were no announcement on when the show will return again and everyone was kind of caught off in the show's success party.


The Tweet from Warren Ellis reveals that the show is returning this summer of 2018 and instead of only four episodes, they are doubling up the number to eight. Which means, we are about to witness a lot more blood, gore, sword fighting and whip-wielding action from the Belmont clan with the undead monsters of night this summer. We are excited to see Trevor Belmont (voiced by Richard Armitage), Sypha Belnades (voiced by Alejandra Reynoso) and Alucard (voiced by James Callis) to return for more adventure this Season.


Netflix’s Castlevania anime adaptation for TV is also proven to be one of the most successful adaptations of a popular video game, which even broke the plateau of bad receptions on Rotten Tomatoes for the type. Many believes that Shankar’s Castlevania Netflix series having critically praised is no coincidence because, his unique take at this horror franchise was what it needed actually helped get it a lot of attention in the first place.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Castlevania Breaks Rotten Tomatoes Record

It's been quite a trend in Hollywood that whenever they see a franchise with a massive cult-following, they feel the necessity of milking that cow, regardless of the genre of that franchise. So far, comic-book movie adaptations are a phenomenon these days on both theater and televisions. Sometime, they even manage to garner critique's praises too. This trend is goes reverse whenever they decide to do a video game adaptation and for decades, it's been carried away like an ancient curse.

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There are movies that made huge bucks at the box office like Tomb Raider movies, a series of multiple sequels like Resident Evil or have highly dedicated fan groups like Silent Hill that ranks high among the list of video game adaptations that has failed to satisfy the ever so unsatisfied tastes of the critiques. It looks like there is no apparent end to this misfortune of critically unsuccessful video game adaptations. The most recent causalities to add to the pile are the Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft adaptation films of 2017.

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Castlevania Breaks Rotten Tomatoes Record

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This massive curse streak has been broken recently and the credit goes entirely to the Netflix’s Castlevania anime series that has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 90% rating. However, the rating is currently based on 10 reviews that have been given by various reviewers but to officially certified as “fresh”, Castlevania has to get a total 20 positive reviews. Still, the sign is enough for everyone to take a hint about what is about to happen.

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Netflix’s Castlevania series is a project produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) and popular comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Iron Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four). The immense success of the series has also resulted a renewal for Castlevania Season Two by Netflix. With everything going right, there is also news that Shankar will also be taking over Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed TV Series adaptations.

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The series is loosely based on the plot of 1989' Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse from the NES Game Pak. The story revolves around Belmont clan’s eternal clash against Count Dracula, when he returns after every century. Castlevania anime features Graham McTavish as the lead antagonist Count Dracula, along with Alejandra Reynoso, Emily Swallow, James Callis, Richard Armitage and Tony Amendola in the roles of Sypha Belnades, Lisa Tepes, Alucard, Trevor Belmont and the Elder respectively.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Netflix Wants Castlevania Season 2

The news of the frequent cancellation of Netflix shows are a common thing these days. Castlevania video game adaptation series however is going quite opposite of that road. Perhaps, they really want to blow us off with more of this unique, perfect and never-before seen series and to back that up, executive producer of the show, Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) has revealed that the streaming service has finally approved for the second season which features eight episodes instead of four from Season 1.

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Netflix Green-Lit Castlevania Season 2

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The news came in Shankar's reaction to a question regarding if there was any aspects that he wanted to adapt into the show but couldn't, he simply replied,

“Well, let’s remember that this is just season one, and not only has season two already been greenlit, but the episode order has been doubled to eight episodes. So the chapter definitely hasn’t fully closed on this story.”

Based on a smash-hit video game franchise, the plot of the Castlevania series revolves around the chronicles of the Belmont family, who has been hunting Vampires for generation to rid the world from the menace of the bloodsuckers. About the show, Shankar claimed at one point that it would turn out to be one of the first good video game adaptations and turns out, he was right.

Although many eager fans were quite disappointed knowing that the Castlevania adaptation series on Netflix will not be a live-action one but animated, Adi Shankar has really put a lot of effort to portray the bloody violence needed for the show and earned his applause in the end. So, it is safe to say that whatever happened eventually turned out for good because, the past record for live-action portrayal for video game has always been somewhat a disappointing experience for the hardcore fan-base.

RELATED: Netflix’s Castlevania Gets Retro International Poster

Premiered on July 7th, dark-medieval fantasy based anime series Castlevania Season 1 is already is on Netflix now. Profound comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis) has provided script for the animated adaptation of the popular video game series. Castlevania stars the voice talent of Alejandra Reynoso, Emily Swallow, James Callis, Graham McTavish, Richard Armitage and Tony Amendola. Currently, there are no release date is set for the upcoming second season.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Assassin's Creed Anime Announced

The producer and the mastermind behind the most recent animated Castlevania TV Series on Netflix, Adi Shankar, have recently announced his upcoming project that he took. He declares that fans should be anticipating an anime adaption of the ever popular Assassin’s Creed. Though there was no confirmation of any sort from Ubisoft officials, much of the news had come from one of Adi Shankar’s recent post on Facebook, where he briefly told us about his new project.

Assassin's Creed Anime Announced

According to the post, Shankar is quite happy to announce that his new project, Assassin’s Creed anime series. He continues by telling us how he thought it would be almost impossible or perhaps unimaginable that he could take the world of Assassin's Creed to another level. Shankar emphasizes on following your passion regardless of what others' says.



While this is an important step in moving Ubisoft's popular franchise to another level, it is clear that this is not the first time that the series has tried to transcend its video game world. In 2016, Michael Fassbender was picked as the major character Callum Lynch in the Assassin’s Creed live-action movie, where he revisited his ancestor’s memories to discover the location of the Apple of Eden.

Many people believed the film didn’t really do well yet it projected the fact that the series had potentials of working outside the video game and perhaps Adi Shankar should consider this in the new anime series. The series is included in Ubisoft Motion Pictures slate alongside a Splinter Cell movie adaptation starring Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal starrer The Division movie.

Shankar is quite famous for his many notable works as executive producer in Dredd, Lone Survivor etc. Apart from that, he is a content creator, a notable gamer and a staunch fan of the Assassin’s Creed. Although he never disclosed anything, not a single character, settings or even a release date apart from the fact that he has been asked to create an original story by Ubisoft. Fans still expect a huge surprise from his involvement to the project.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Netflix’s Castlevania Gets Retro International Poster

Castlevania is best known as the long-running fan-favorite computer game series of fantasy horror genre that initially started in 1986 and then new installments keep popping up from since. Now this is no news that Netflix is working on a Castlevania anime adaptation for TV and they already dropped a teaser trailer a while ago.

RELATED: Netflix’s Castlevania Teaser Trailer

Recently, in preparation for this upcoming TV show, Netflix have just dropped a retro-styled international poster for the series, which might give you some nostalgia from the game's early days on consoles.

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Netflix’s Castlevania International Poster

In this first-ever international poster of Netflix’s Castlevania series, we see a whip-wielding protagonist of Belmont standing tall opposite to the haunted castle and the primary antagonist looming over in the dark red sky of the background. The name of the hero is still to be revealed and as this is Castlevania series, it is safe to assume that Dracula is the ultimate bad-guy of the show of course. Overall, the poster strikes a classic look with a modern touch.

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Castlevania (1986) Box Art

If you were wondering why the retro international poster for upcoming Netflix’s Castlevania series looks so similar, then you might have figured out by now seeing the image above. The creators of the show have paid homage to the 1986's original NES Castlevania video game box art. To be honest, the recent retro-looking poster version is obviously the better one.

The official description for the Netflix’s Castlevania series is as follows:

Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow! Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.

Ever since the announcement of Netflix's take on Castlevania series has spread, every fan out there has been hyped-up. Following the involvement of Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) and comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis), it only got higher. Finally, decisions have been made of adapting the Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse game for the series.

Although we are still waiting for a solid release date for the show and no announcement has made regarding that point, we still hoping that it will air on July just as the Netflix LATAM trailer suggests. Then again, if any other information is released, we will keep you posted.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Netflix’s Castlevania Teaser Trailer

Earlier this year on February, without formalities streaming service Netflix simply declared that they are taking a shot at Konami's action-adventure horror game Castlevania, adapting it into an animated TV series. Recently, they have just released the teaser trailer for Castlevania series that bears a retro vibe.

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Castlevania – Vengeance Teaser

While the trailer itself is only under a minute, it draws a decent image of what we are about to get from the series, which will give fans a feeling of what truly matters to the show. On the off chance that the trailer is any sign, there will be blood, gore and epic confrontation all that you'd expect from an anime that is based on the theme of vampire legends.




The teaser starts with a person inserting a Castlevania cartridge into an old NES console and then the Netflix logo shows up on screen in a simple 8-bit style. In a very quick montage, the clip shows us Dracula's reign of terror, blood-spilling, Trevor Belmont's entrance to the scene and ends with Castlevania logo appearing over Dracula's castle.

The official description that Netflix have released is as follows:

"Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow! Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar."
Writer and comic-book creator, Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis) and Adi Shankar has brought this project to life and are responsible for an animated adaptation of the Castlevania franchise that is long overdue. Shankar as already worked on projects like Dredd, The Grey and Lone Survivor, which tells you a lot about what you are going to get from the show if you have witnessed any of his work.

The series will primarily follow the plot line of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse that was released on the NES and features the chronicles of Trevor Belmont, who wields the Vampire Killer Whip as he endeavors to reclaim Europe from Dracula.

Despite the release of the teaser, there is no official U.S. discharge date that has been announced. Yet, the Netflix LATAM trailer suggests a July 7 release date but still, that doesn't clear up anything. However, whenever there is any new development regarding the news, we will keep you updated.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Witcher Is Coming to Netflix

Ever since online streaming-service Netflix has ventured into television production and started working with big leagues like Marvel Studios, they gave the fans popular shows like Daredevil, Defenders, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Beside those, Netflix have also produced a couple of other hit originals like House of Cards, Narcos and Orange is the New Black.

A while ago, they have announced debuting Castlevania series as one of their upcoming projects. Looks like fan-favorite action role-playing video game The Witcher is next on their list.

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The Witcher Is Coming to Netflix

Yes, this is no rumor that Netflix has really begun developing a television series based on The Witcher. Since, Netflix is quite a big-deal on entertainment media these days, it is only natural that this massively popular video game adaptation should be on their fold. The series will be mostly based on the fictional books of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, rather than the works of developer studio CD Projekt Red.

So, fans who thought they are going to have a live-action Witcher series based on the game have to hold their horses. However, it is still not set in stone that any of the material from the game will be there or not but Sapkowski's work will be used as the primary source material for the show, that includes his eight novels and a collection of The Witcher Saga short-stories.

Sean Daniel (The Mummy) and Jason Brown (The Expanse); executive producers of the show suggested that the show will be an original take on the game and actually set focus on more than the surrounding materials of the story and not only on the primary characters, who are a group of hunters known as “Witchers”.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Activision Considering Call of Duty Cinematic Universe

When Iron Man came out on 2008, only a very few people were really aware of a Cinematic Universe that Marvel was building. Today, DC Films, Legendary Pictures and Universal Studios are following the footsteps of Marvel Studios by creating their own Cinematic Universe. Following the success of that trend, video game publisher Activision Blizzard has now decided to build a movie franchise which will be a Cinematic Universe on its own and they are about to start with one of their most successful titles; Call of Duty.

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Call of Duty Cinematic Universe Announced

Almost two years ago, Activision took initiatives and announced to make successful live-action films and TV Series adaptations based on their properties. To make sure the quality of their production, they decided to do this in house. Now, with all those superhero movies breaking box-office records every other day, Activision is all set to debut their movie adaptation Call of Duty (probably in 2018) to jump-start their very own Cinematic Universe.

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Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk

Solely for adapting games into blockbuster movies and popular television series, Activision has formed Activision Blizzard Studios and tasked its co-presidents Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk to oversee the project for having previous expertise in movie industries. Sher is credited for Pulp Fiction, Garden State and The Hateful Eight, whereas Van Dyk was senior executive at Disney and has worked on films like Star Wars. With so many good-to-go scripts at their hand, they are just waiting for the right one to fit for an interconnected Cinematic Universe.

Though, they are initially focused on making a Call of Duty Cinematic Universe, Van Dyk also shared the idea of a potential Overwatch movie that will have its sequels. To test the water for their venture, Activision Blizzard has already released “Skylanders” series on Netflix in 2016 that managed to garner 10 million viewers in total.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Assassin's Creed TV Series Confirmed

Developer studio Ubisoft has finally unveiled its brand-new project which is Assassin’s Creed TV Series to expand their already popular franchise even further. Aymar Azazia, Assassin’s Creed head of content, shares this info at the Reddit AMA session. However, he has chosen to refrain from disclosing any other details about the series beforehand. Even while he chose to make the details a secret, Azaizia only promises to deliver the fans nothing but the best.

It is clear that an Assassin’s Creed TV show has, for now, not been formally announced. Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, said that he had a formal talk with Netflix for an Assassin’s Creed TV series.

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Assassin's Creed TV Series Confirmed

As for now, it seems the Assassin’s Creed TV show would perhaps be produced by Ubisoft Motion Pictures; Ubisoft’s TV and motion picture division. Ubisoft Motion Picture has previously produced the Nickelodeon TV show Rabbids Invasion as well as the Assassin’s Creed live-action movie, which came out in December 2016, starring actor Michael Fassbender. Also, as a major hint on the Assassin’s Creed TV show, Ubisoft is on the move on Assassin’s Creed sequel.

In the hope of getting more details, during AMA, Azaizia was interviewed about the new rumored Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed: Empire, about which, Azaizia gave no significant node but it will presumably be set to have its setting in Egypt and a release date is set for later this year. Well, we can only assume that as Ubisoft did not release any major game title in 2016. Now, it is clear that Ubisoft’s cross media has finally tied up unto the task of expanding Assassin’s Creed franchise with a TV adaptation of the popular video game series.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Netflix’s Castlevania Poster Reveals Dracula’s Castle

Castlevania has been a well-known franchise to the video gamers of the world for many decades, which has more sequels than any other games out there as well as a handful of tie-in games and gambling machines based on its theme. A few days ago, news of a new drama series adaptation of Castlevania on Netflix was announced and now, the executive producer of the show, Adi Shankar has revealed a new poster for the series.

The poster showcases Dracula’s legendary castle on blood moon night with bats; the creature of the night that foreshadows the lord of vampire. The castle that depicts and symbolizes Dracula's lair was also a recurring theme of the Castlevania games. Throughout the years of the game's run, fans have become quite familiar with the castle where they have slain Dracula a number of times as he comes back resurrected each time anew.

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Castlevania Poster Debuts Dracula’s Castle

The primary setup of Castlevania revolves around the Belmont clan, a family of hunters who slays Vampires for a living. They antagonized the race of blood sucking undeads and their dark lord for all their lives, to eradicate them from existence forever. So far, this was the base line for the main game plot that first came out in September 26, 1986 from developer studio Konami. But how much the source material is connected to Shankar’s Castlevania Netflix Series is still unclear since he teased of his association with this Netflix project.

Adi Shankar has previously worked on a couple of shorts on the re-imagining origin stories of The Punisher, Venom and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for his Bootleg Universe. Shankar will be aided in the upcoming Castlevania Netflix Series by writer Warren Ellis, whose work on Transmetropolitan, Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis and Iron Man: Extremis story work is insanely popular among the fan base.

We are still nowhere close to a possible release date but according to Shankar, the show will drop its first season in 2017. The last game of the Castlevania series titled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, was released back in 2014.