Castlevania anime showrunner is now adapting PUBG for screen

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds doesn't seem to lend itself to an animated screen adaptation, but it's happening anyway, and Castlevania producer and showrunner Adi Shankar is working on it. Krafton announced as much today, with Shankar tasked with creating and showrunning the animated project, which doesn't appear to have a network or streaming service attached to it as yet.

In addition to Castlevania, Shankar is also working on Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix, based on Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. He's also been named in relation to animated adaptations of Assassin's Creed, Devil May Cry and Hyper Light Drifter.

“As a player, I've been crushing the competition in the Battlegrounds since PUBG released in 2017," Shankar said in a statement. "I’m grateful to Krafton for the trust and confidence they’ve placed in me to execute my vision as a filmmaker and I’m excited to embark on this journey together. To me, this animated project represents another step in the evolution of mending the torched bridge between the games industry and Hollywood. I look forward to revealing to everybody what winning a chicken dinner looks like.”

As for other details, that's it for the time being. Krafton CEO CH Kim says "we look forward to sharing more about this animated project in the near future."

It's not really that weird that PUBG should get the animated TV treatment, because these are extremely popular at the moment. The Witcher is getting an anime, Legend of Mana is getting an anime, Resident Evil just got an anime, Tomb Raider is getting an anime, Shenmue is getting an anime, Splinter Cell might get an anime, Dragon's Dogma got an anime, Dota got an anime… and that's not even all of them. Everyone's gone anime crazy. And for good reason, I suppose. 

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.