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25 May 2017 - 2:42 PM  UPDATED 25 May 2017 - 2:42 PM

Netflix’s animated series adaptation of the cult-classic Castlevania game franchise will release on July 7.

According to the series' description, it follows “the last surviving member of a disgraced clan fight[ing] to save Eastern Europe from Dracula.”

Comic book writer and screenwriter, Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Global Frequency) will helm the script, having wanted an adaptation of the game series for over a decade. The show is being produced by Adi Shankar (Power/Rangers, Get the Girl), Austin, Texas based studio, Powerhouse Animation (Battle Chasers: Nightwar, 6Manos) and Netflix.

In an interview with Polygon, Shankar described the series as “super violent,” and on par with the large-scale set pieces of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. He sees a lot of potential for it to “set the bar” for video game adaptations.

“If you look at Game of Thrones, each season was bigger than the last,” Shankar told Polygon. “The last season had that huge Jon Snow battle, which was like a scene from Lord of the Rings. I’d like to do something along those lines.”

Castlevania is a side-scrolling dark fantasy adventure series by Konami. The series follows a clan of vampire hunters fighting to stop Dracula, and first debuted in Japan, 1986. An animated serial adaptation of Castlevania was first teased earlier this year.

Netflix recently announced that the first 13 episodes of the currently airing Little Witch Academia will release later this year, and are working on a film adaptation of Death Note set in the US.

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