Academy Award winner Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance) is set to write and direct the upcoming feature film adaptation of the video game Castle Wolfenstein. Avary has been attached to the project for a few years already, but it looks like Panorama Media and Samuel Hadida are ready to move forward with production.
The movie will be an action adventure film that's been compared to Captain America: The First Avenger and Inglourious Basterds. "The story follows a young US Army Captain and 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."
Hadida explained in the press release:
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.
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.
Producer Kimberly Fox made the following statement:
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.
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.
Does this sound like a movie you'd be excited to see?