The hitmaker toon shop behind Castlevania, Powerhouse Animation Studios, has struck a first-look deal to produce original animated streaming series with Netflix. The Austin-based studio is currently bringing its Western anime flair to the streamer’s upcoming series Skull Island — set in the Kong section of Legendary’s Monsterverse — and videogame-inspired Tomb Raider.
Powerhouse has also been tapped, naturally, to produce animation for a new series set in the Castlevania world, which will center on Trevor and Sypha’s descendent Richter Belmont and is set during the French Revolution. Created in partnership with Kevin Kolde’s Project 51 Prod., the spin-off will be led by showrunner/exec producer Clive Bradley and exec producer Kolde; Sam and Adam Deats are directing.
The studio’s accomplished collaborations with the streaming giant include Kevin Smith’s He-Man revamp with Mattel, Masters of the Universe: Revelation (premiering July 23), Charley and Vlas Parlapanides’s adult Greek myth epic Blood of Zeus, and ’70s Mexican martial arts adventure Seis Manos, created by studio co-founder/CEO/CCO Brad Graeber and Álvaro Rodríguez.
“Powerhouse Animation lives up to their name — they are a true powerhouse, a group of talented creators with the ability to tell innovative stories that transcend borders and languages as recently seen in Blood of Zeus that hit our Top 10 in around 80 countries,” Taiki Sakurai, Chief Producer, Anime, Netflix, told Deadline. “We’re incredibly humbled to partner with Powerhouse Animation through this expanded partnership.”