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'Super violent' bootleg Castlevania mini-series coming from Dredd, Power/Rangers producer

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The producer behind "bootleg" superhero short films such as The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Judge Dredd: Superfiend and Power/Rangers says he's developing a "super violent" animated mini-series based on Konami's Castlevania franchise.

"It's going to be dark, satirical, and after a decade of propaganda it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head," Adi Shankar, the producer also credited on action films The Grey and Dredd, wrote on his Facebook page. Shankar promised that his Castlevania mini-series will be similarly brutal to his past work.

Shankar said he's working with Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde at Frederator Studios, which produced Adventure Time and Fairly OddParents, on the project.

Konami once attempted to make its own animated Castlevania movie. In 2006, writer Warren Ellis announced he was working on Dracula's Curse, an animated feature in development at Project 51 Productions. Development on that movie appears to have stalled, as the production company hasn't updated its site in years.

For more on Shankar's work on the gritty, unauthorized Power/Rangers, read Polygon's interview with the producer.