IGN is reporting a story out of the American Film Market that Roger Avary, co-writer of Pulp Fiction is teaming up with producer Samuel Hadida to get Wolfenstein on the big screen and as action movie inspired by Captain America and Inglourious Basterds.
This is the latest game-related effort for Avary, who was also responsible for the 2006 script for Silent Hill, which Hadida also produced. He’ll be writing and directing Wolfenstein, called Castle Wolfenstein in his first feature directing job since 2002’s Bret Easton Ellis adaptation, Rules of Attraction.
In the press release, Avary professes to be a huge fan of the classic PC series, adding in a statement “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.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
Castle Wolfenstein is an action adventure film in the vein of Captain America 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.
Avary’s never handled big action of effects-heavy productions before, so I’m curious what his approach will be to the material. Plus, does the Wolfenstein name hold much cache anymore? The performance of the last game, 2009’s Wolfenstein from Activision, would certainly bear that out but as ever, who knows?
No word on this one will go before cameras, but we’ll bring you more details as they develop.
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