Justice League and Wolfenstein Movies Both Back on Track!
by Alex Billington
August 5, 2008
Two big projects that have been otherwise dead in the water for quite some time are reportedly both back on track. Warner Brothers' adaptation of Justice League with Happy Feet's George Miller directing will apparently gear up again and start shooting sometime next year. Additionally, the big screen adaptation of id Software's Return to Castle Wolfenstein is also moving forward, with screenwriter Roger Avary currently finishing the script. As everyone no doubt remembers, Justice League was slated to start production earlier this year in Australia, but in April, Warner Brothers shut down the project until further notice - a decision we were ecstatic about. As for Wolfenstein, that project was first announced a year ago.
Although this was first unofficially reported by Peter of SlashFilm, Australia's Herald Sun also confirms that the Justice League movie is back on track and will start shooting sometime next year. Their article focuses primarily on Megan Gale, who was cast as Wonder Woman because Miller said "she blitzed her screen test." At the end of the article, they add that the project will "plan to resume filming next year." Peter has heard this, too, which is why I'm pretty sure it's true. This is definitely not good news, especially for those like me who were entirely opposed to the film to begin with. Either they better replace George Miller or commission an entirely new script from scratch (or both), otherwise this movie is doomed.
As for Return to Castle Wolfenstein, id Software's CEO Todd Hollenshead spoke with Eurogamer and gave them a quick update on the status of the project. Hollenshead said he has "recently been in contact with Roger and he's actually working on the script right now." Unfortunately he also adds that "from a progress standpoint it's probably gone a little bit slower than what we would have expected," but alas, that's how Hollywood works and the writer's strike got in the way. However, this is an adaptation that I was excited to see and one that I thought id would not screw up (like they did with Doom). With this back on track as well, I'm excited for quite an interesting set of films in the near future.
Further details on both projects can be found in the original posts for both Justice League and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. I'm fearing that most people will be highly opposed to both of these. I want to give Justice League a chance, but I'm flip-flopped on my opinions. I'm probably giving Wolfenstein too much of a chance and I'm probably not giving Justice League enough. But both will require some solid proof before my opinions will change at all. Who is looking forward to seeing both of these back on track?