Dimension Films has obtained the North American distribution right to CASTLEVANIA, a thriller based on the Konami videogame franchise, reports VARIETY. Paul W.S. Anderson will adapt and direct. Just last week, production house Crystal Sky Pictures purchased the film rights to the franchise.
How the deal came about could be the stuff of legend. On Friday (Nov. 4, 2005), Crystal Sky threw a private party to introduce Anderson to foreign buyers. Dimension's Bob Weinstein, Richard Saperstein, Michael Cole and Matt Stein crashed the party and by dessert Crystal Sky had changed its mind about holding off on making a domestic rights deal. Weinstein booked a Saturday meeting with Anderson while production head Saperstein led an eight-hour negotiating session with Crystal Sky's Benedict Carver that ended in a 2:30 am pact. Insiders say one of the key factors of the deal is that Dimension will be fronting a big chunk of the films $50 million budget.
The film is set to begin production next summer. No word has been said on how his project will affect Andersons remake of DEATH RACE 2000 at Paramount, which was to begin production soon as well.
The story will chronicle the origins of Dracula and the vampire-hunting Belmont Clan.