'Pulp Fiction' Writer Attached to Script and Direct 'Castle Wolfenstein'
by Ben Pearson
November 1, 2012
Way back in 2007, Pulp Fiction writer Roger Avary was set to write and direct Return to Castle Wolfenstein, based on the popular series of video games. But the project has languished in development hell until today. Thanks to a press release, we now know that Avary will write and direct the newly titled Castle Wolfenstein, to be produced by Silent Hill and Resident Evil: Extinction producer Samuel Hadida. It teams a United States Army Captain and a British Special Agent as they infiltrate a castle where Hitler plans to unveil a new secret weapon, pitting them against the Nazis' Paranormal Division along the way. Read on!
The movie is being compared to Inglourious Basterds and Captain America with the retro vibe and alternate history vibe, and with Avary at the helm, we know this will be a violent and over-the-top thrill ride. It's actually a good day to be Roger Avary, considering he's also attached to direct John Cusack in the aerial thriller Airspace. He's been linked to Wolfenstein for a long time, so this has to be a thrilling step forward for him. He spoke a bit about the project in the press release:
"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."
I remember playing Wolfenstein 3D with my dad on a PC when I was growing up, and even though "nostalgia" seems to be something of a dirty word when it comes to movies these days, I still have some when it comes to seeing what Avary can do translating this franchise to the big screen. As always, casting will be a key element, and I'm wondering if they'll aim high for somebody like Jeremy Renner to play the American soldier and possibly Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston as the British Agent. Regardless, we're all hoping this one turns out a lot better than the atrocious video game film Doom. Thoughts?