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Rogue Captures Castlevania

Universal Pictures-based Rogue is set to distribute Paul W.S. Anderson's adaptation of Konami classic videogame, CASTLEVANIA, reports VARIETY. Rogue will handle the rights in North America as well as the U.K., Spain and German-speaking territories. Producer and co-financer Crystal Sky will control the rights in the rest of the world.

The $50 million film, written by Anderson, takes place in multiple eras, mainly transpiring in 15th century Transylvania. This take on the Dracula legend will utilize elements from the real life story of the Romanian prince Vlad the Impaler.

"It's an action/horror project in the vein of UNDERWORLD and BLADE, and hopefully it will be a big franchise for us," Rogue co-president Andrew Rona said.

Anderson and his producing partner Jeremy Bolt plan to start shooting next spring in Eastern Europe. Bolt and Anderson are producing alongside Crystal Sky chairman Steven Paul and president Benedict Carver.

Adrienne Biddle, Rogues svp of production, will oversee for the studio.

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