Castlevania showrunner Adi Shankar has signed up to create and display an animated project based on the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds video game.
Game developers KRAFTON Inc. have announced that they have teamed up with author Adi Shankar to create an animated project based on their popular video game. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). PUBG released in 2017 and was an immediate hit at launch, helping popularize the Battle Royale video game genre. Watching multiple players battle on a smaller and smaller map, the genre has dominated the gaming industry in recent years with players like Fortnite Y Apex legends reaching similar popularity, and as Obligations Y Battlefield also getting on the car. Part of the great success of the genre is due to its popularity on streaming sites like Twitch, with PUBG only being observed for more than 20 million hours.
Shankar is known for his indie one-shot series ‘Bootleg’ based on popular franchises, including Punisher: dirty clothes Y Forest ranger, which takes iconic characters and subverts them in an Andy Warhol-like vein. He has also served as an executive producer on films such as The Grey starring Liam Neeson and Dredd starring Karl Urban. Most recently, the author served as an executive producer on the acclaimed Netflix film. Castlevania animated series that recently concluded its fourth season and continues to partner with Netflix for series based on Assassin’s creed Y The devil can cry.
Continuing its trend of working on video game related projects, KRAFTON Inc revealed that Shankar will create and oversee his next animated project. KRAFTON CEO CH Kim described the partnership as representing “a step towards our broader strategy of expanding the PUBG universe into a multimedia franchise.” With over 55 million simultaneous daily players and numerous Game of the Year awards since launch, it’s understandable why KRAFTON would want to expand. PUBG into a larger multimedia franchise. This expansion has already begun, as evidenced by the recent release of his short film. Impact zone starring Don Lee.
While very little is currently known about the project, Shankar has expressed his enthusiasm for bringing his vision of PUBG for fans, being a fan of the series himself. Despite its simple premise, there is actually a wealth of knowledge that Shankar will likely be able to draw on. In a statement issued by Shankar, he expressed his gratitude to KRAFTON for their “trust and security that they have placed in [him] run [his] view”. He also stated that he believes “This animated project represents another step in the evolution of repairing the burning bridge between the gaming industry and Hollywood.” You can read Kim and Shankar’s full statements below:
Kim: “In addition to the continued development of new and engaging PUBG content in the game, our partnership with Adi Shankar represents a step towards our broader strategy of expanding the PUBG Universe into a multimedia franchise. We are excited to work with Shankar on exploring and realizing a world that brings the game to life for our fans. We look forward to sharing more about this animated project in the near future. “
Shankar: “As a gamer, I have been crushing the competition on the battlefields since PUBG’s launch in 2017. I am grateful to KRAFTON for the trust they have placed in me to execute my vision as a filmmaker and I am excited to embark on this journey together. For me, this animated project represents another step in the evolution of repairing the burning bridge between the gaming industry and Hollywood. I look forward to revealing to everyone what it’s like to win a chicken dinner. “
Considering the critical success of Castlevania, And the faith Netflix has in him to achieve similar results on similar projects, it’s understandable why Krafton would choose to partner with Shankar. Also, his faith in his own abilities is certainly comforting to fans. As the producer points out, the video game and film industries have never done particularly well, there is a long list of movie adaptations of video games ridiculed, and the former have never known how to properly balance the elements of the latter. It may take a while before specific information appears, but we hope that PUBG will be able to continue Shankar’s positive trend of video game adaptations.
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Source: KRAFTON Inc.
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