It’s time for another game-to-film adaptation! This time, Hollywood is setting out to shatter your memories of one of the world’s most iconic shooters, as we return to Castle Wolfenstein on the big screen. Before you write this one off, it’s being written – and directed – by Roger Avary, best known for his work with Quentin Tarantino on both Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
…more recently, he’s also worked on the screenplays for Beowulf and the Silent Hill cinematic adaptation.
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The Castle Wolfenstein adaptation has actually been in the works for a while now, first announced in 2002 under the direction of Rob Cohen of xXx. The announcement was all-but the last we heard from that version, but the project was re-announced at QuakeCon 2007. For various reasons (including Avary’s brief stint in jail for gross vehicular manslaughter and two felony counts of causing bodily injury), it’s not really progressed much in five years.
Now though, Panorama Media and Samuel Hadida have announced that the film is written and is in talks with distributors.
Avary is a bit pleased about working with the franchise:
I’ve been playing the WOLFENSTEIN games since I was a kid, and feel that their outlandish sensibility has deeply influenced my own writing and directing throughout my career. I have always thought WOLFENSTEIN, transformed and opened for the screen to wider audiences not familiar with the games, would be a major cinematic experience, which is why I introduced it to Samuel. He bought the rights, and I could not be happier that we are now embarking on this adventure.
So. What’s in store? According to the official statement, we’re looking at an action-adventure film set among a “vaguely futuristic retro world” in the vein of Captain America. The potentially troublesome Nazi setting remains largely intact, with Hadida explaining the film is more inspired by Tarantino’s recent Inglorious Basterds, rather than “the actual World War II”.
A young US Army Captain and a British Special Agent are sent on a top secret mission to (you guessed it) Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler is set to unveil a brand new secret weapon.
However – as you may expect – things don’t go so smoothly, our heroes are confronted by Himmler’s SS Paranormal Division, and find themselves fighting for survival, and a mission that could alter the course of the War.
Producer Hadida explains:
With Roger at the helm, we expect everyone will join us for a wild and fun cinematic ride that will grab contemporary film audiences with the same irreverent, hip, over the top approach that Roger brought to PULP FICTION and the other films he has either written or directed. It is a big action adventure but also strongly character driven and based on a very solid story.
As usual, no mention of cast or other crew members at this stage, and no dates are being publicly mentioned. Keep an eye out and your fingers crossed – surely another id Software film can’t be as bad as DOOM, can it?