Sylvain White to Direct Castlevania


Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) has been set to direct Castlevania, a live-action adaptation of the Konami vampire video game that’s co-produced by Rogue Pictures and Crystal Sky Entertainment.

The film will shoot late fall in South Africa and Romania. Rogue, the genre arm of Universal-based Focus Features, will co-finance and distribute in late 2008.

While White has deals to develop Static at Columbia Pictures and the Frank Miller graphic novel Ronin at Warner Bros., Castlevania will be the next film he directs.

Written by Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil), the drama begins as a Transylvanian knight leads his men into a gothic castle to seek refuge from the Turkish army. The knights soon discover the castle is controlled by the original vampire.

The script sets up a generational clash between Vlad the Impaler and the Belmont family, a clan that unleashed the original vampire and battles to defeat him.

Crystal Sky’s Steven Paul and Benedict Carver are producing with Anderson and Jeremy Bolt.

Anderson wrote the script with the intention to direct, but stepped aside to helm the remake Death Race. White will work with Anderson on a rewrite.