Western adaptations of anime have been all the rage. Netflix has been working on a live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda‘s magnum opus, One Piece. They’ve already started casting for the upcoming Cowboy Bebop adaptation. Well, it looks like Amazon Studios also wants to enter the game, as Deadline has just revealed that they are developing an adaptation of Kouta Hirano‘s Hellsing. The Japanese action-horror franchise will be spearheaded by John WIck‘s screenwriter, Derek Kolstad. He gave the following statement on tackling a dream project:
Ever since my brother introduced me to the Hellsing manga and anime some years ago, I’ve been obsessed with adapting it. And when Mike Callaghan and his team managed to secure the rights to then partner us up with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Amazon, I mean -damn, dude- this is a dream.
Shōnen Gahōsha published the original series, which ran from 2006 until 2012. The story follows the tale of Alucard, who lies to serve Integra Hellsing, the leader of The Hellsing Organization. They aid England in protecting them from supernatural threats, such as vampires, and ghouls. The viewer’s surrogate is ex-police officer Seras Victoria, who embraces her new future as a vampire.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger are producing alongside Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber. Derek Kolstad has recently penned the latest entry of the John Wick franchise, Parabellum. I am excited to see this adaptation, as the 2001 version of Hellsing was my introduction to the world of anime. It only ran for thirteen episodes and didn’t adapt the later chapters of the manga. It wasn’t until Hellsing Ultimate that they would tell the entire story. The supernatural franchise combined with John Wick‘s