Panorama Media & Samuel Hadida have today announced that Roger Avary will write & direct an upcoming big screen adaptation of the video game franchise Castle Wolfenstein. Awesome! Avary was originally attached to the project years earlier, but now finally production looks to forging ahead. Castle Wolfenstein follows a young US Army Captain & a British Special Agent on a top secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler will be for the unveiling of a new secret weapon. After reaching the Castle, our heroes are confronted with Himmler's SS Paranormal Division and must fight, not only for their survival, but for a mission that could alter the course of the War. Hit the jump for the details.
Hadida: "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."
Fox: "We are thrilled to be in business with Samuel and Roger on this amazing project. We have known Samuel for years as a distributor and as a producer who knows the pulse of the marketplace, from his productions of 'True Romance' through the 'Resident Evil' pictures, and including Roger’s 'Killing Zoe' and 'Rules of Attraction'. Both Samuel and Roger bring a really fun sensibility to the screen, and Wolfenstein gives them the perfect opportunity."
Hadida: "The film involves a classic assault on the bad guys, who are nominally Nazis, more evocative of 'Inglorious Basterds' than the actual World War II. It is a vaguely futuristic retro world as fun as 'Captain America', which has recently been reintroduced to the world audience with great success."
Avary: "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."