Adi Shankar of 'Castlevania' to develop a 'PUBG' animated series

PUBG is a well-known game among gamers. The popularity of this Battle Royale game may be gauged by the staggering number of individuals who have downloaded and played the game all around the world. Players of PUBG will be pleased to learn that the game will be adapted into an animated series by Castlevania producer Adi Shankar. Shankar's credits include the smash-hit Netflix Original Series "Castlevania," according to Krafton, who described him as "one of the most inventive content developers in Hollywood today and a geek culture genius."


“As a player, I've been crushing the competition in the Battlegrounds since PUBG released in 2017. 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.”

According to South Korean holding firm Krafton Inc., Adi Shankar has been chosen to design and showrun a forthcoming animated series based on the popular PUBG video game franchise.

Shankar, who was born in India, has achieved mainstream success as an executive producer of the Netflix anime series Castlevania, which ended its four-season run earlier this year, and as a producer of films such as Lone Survivor and The Grey, in addition to his cult Bootleg Universe of one-shot films.

The company's relationship with Shankar, according to CH Kim, "represents a step in our wider plan of extending the PUBG Universe into a multimedia brand."

Following the live-action short film Ground Zero, starring Don Lee (Train to Busan, Eternals), and an investigative documentary series titled Mysteries Unknown: Birth of the Battlegrounds, which starred Jonathan Frakes, the animation series continues Krafton's diversification of the PUBG IP.

The PUBG series has sold over 70 million units on PC and console and garnered over one billion downloads on mobile, with over 55 million gamers playing daily across all platforms. Since its release in 2017, PUBG has received several awards, including seven Guinness World Records and multiple Game of the Year Awards, making it one of the best-selling video games of all time.

The relationship between Hollywood and video game adaptations has been rocky, exacerbated by big-budget flops like Justin Kurzel's Assassin's Creed and Mike Newell's Prince of Persia. Shankar had previously been approached to produce an anime series based on the Assassin's Creed property, but that project appears to have fallen through. Shankar is also working on a Far Cry DLC called Captain Laserhawk.