Strike Postpones Castlevania , Ironbow


The writers strike has scratched two more feature films that were headed for the start gate next year, reports Variety.

Rogue Pictures has halted Castlevania, the live-action adaptation of the Konami vampire video game that it is co-producing with Crystal Sky Entertainment. Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) was set to direct, and production was slated to begin in April in South Africa.

Spyglass, meanwhile, has postponed Ironbow, a film about 15th-century Swiss crossbow legend William Tell, which was slated to begin production next spring with Kevin Reynolds at the helm.

Both films were unplugged because they needed additional script work that wasn’t possible because of the writers strike.

With a budget around $40 million and franchise aspirations, Rogue reluctantly shelved Castlevania, preferring to wait for a strike resolution and get it right. White is still committed.

Ironbow, which has a script by The Count of Monte Cristo scribe Jay Wolpert, was poised to begin casting after Reynolds agreed to direct. A decision was made last week to wait for another rewrite.