A new Castlevania series is slay-ted for Netflix in 2017

Details are really thin on the ground, but the original series is coming this year.

Konami's sprawling Castlevania video game franchise, starring the vampire-slaying Belmont family, has seen many adaptations -- from comic books to novels to radio plays to interactive fiction. What it hasn't seen is an official, dedicated adaptation to screen. This looks like it's all changing, according to a Netflix announcement earlier today.

Among its upcoming original programming, the entertainment company included, "Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 Coming to Netflix in 2017."

The series will consist of four 30-minute animated episodes, Netflix said in an email.

"Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself," a Netflix spokesperson elaborated.

Executive producer Adi Shankar announced via Facebook that he was involved, with comics author Warren Ellis as the writer (Ellis announced in 2006 that he was writing a "Castlevania" movie, but it never eventuated). Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde of Frederator ("Adventure Time") fame, along with Ellis, are also executive producing the series.

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