Return to Castle Wolfenstein Being Adapted by Roger Avary
What is it with Hollywood and video games nowadays? Not only have their been an increase in adaptations in general, but studios have been buying up the rights before the game is even released and other wacky studio decisions. The latest rights to be bought up are for Return to Castle Wolfenstein, the id Software first person shooter game that was originally released in 2001. Screenwriter and producer Roger Avary is attached to write and direct. Avary also wrote and directed The Rules of Attraction as well as wrote Silent Hill and the upcoming Beowulf CGI film.
The game is actually a sequel to the original Wolfenstein 3D first person shooter games that made id Software famous in their early years. The WWII-set Return to Castle Wolfenstein revolves around US Army Ranger B.J. Blazkowicz, who leads a team of agents into Castle Wolfenstein in order to investigate the Nazis' SS Paranormal Division. Avary himself commented on the character and his interests, confirming he's a long-time fan of the video game series.
"I've been playing the character of B.J. Blazkowicz since the epic 'Wolfenstein 3D' first bruised my brain and have ever since wanted to bring his adventures to life on the bigscreen," Avary said. "It's time to bust some dams, storm some bunkers and blow up some bridges."
If anything, this sounds like one of the few video game adaptations that's being done correctly in Hollywood. Thankfully Uwe Boll is not involved in this and Avary, who is a fairly good screenwriter, is involved instead. Here's to hoping they do a good job adapting an id Software game, unlike what happened with the disastrous Doom movie from 2005.