Return to Castle Wolfenstein Being Adapted by Roger Avary

August 3, 2007
Source: Variety

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

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.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

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A little research perhaps before you cut and paste from other websites would help. In the game, Blazkowicz does not "lead" anyone. It's a completely solo game, you play as Blazkowicz, and you take execute the game on your own. There is no squad. That, and the game is not a sequal to Wolf 3-D. That game barely had a plot. It's simply a new twist on the original tale. Still.. I'm interested in this project. They better do it justice... DOOM was massacred.

Adam on Aug 3, 2007


Hollywood really needs to leave video games alone if they can't do them right. I'm still pissed at the direction they took my beloved Hitman franchise in terms of adaption. Agent 47 is a ruthless killer who does his job well for large sums of money. Now you have pretty boy Olyphant as a killer doing God's work, what the hell, that is not 47 !!! Let's see if Hollywood F's up another sucessful franchise here, my guess is, they will. I just hope to God it isn't as horrible as the Resident Evil movies, because the premise sounds very good, intriguing, and open for a lot of good action with Nazi's and monsters. Never played the game so I'm really hoping this movie is good so I can become a fan.

Alex Garcia on Aug 15, 2007


I don't care what people say, I enjoy Uwe Bol films. And while I did not care for Doom a great deal, I didn't see it as a disaster. It was entertaining. It was not a p.o.s. like Catwoman. I also enjoyed Hitman, Resident Evil, Bloodrayne, and some other game (and comic) movies that seem to get negative reviews from many. Many people seemed to like the last Hulk film, whereas I thought it (actually both most recent Hulk films) was crap. So my opinion seems to not go along with popularity at all haha.

g0b0ts on Aug 8, 2009

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