The Nazi-Killing 'Castle Wolfenstein' Moves Forward Again with 'Silent Hill' Team

The Nazi-Killing 'Castle Wolfenstein' Moves Forward Again with 'Silent Hill' Team

Nov 01, 2012

A few years ago Pulp Fiction screenwriter Roger Avary was set to write and direct a sequel to Silent Hill for producer Samuel Hadida. Avary had to back out of the project in 2009, however, as he served out a one-year prison sentence for vehicular manslaughter (he crashed his car while under the influence a year earlier, and one of his passengers died while on the operating table). He's done his time, however, and it looks the writer-director is eager to get back into Hollywood.

Today's already brought news that he's attached to the aerial thriller Airspace with John Cusack, but now he's got an even bigger project on the horizon, one that will reteam him with Silent Hill producer Hadida on another game adaptation: Castle Wolfenstein.

PC gamers will know doubt instantly recognize Wolfenstein as being one of the most influential games of all time. The original Castle Wolfenstein wasn't exactly a landmark entry back in 1981, however, Wolfenstein 3D was one of the first first-person shooters ever when it came out in 1992, and it set the template for Doom, Quake and an entire generation of games that followed in its footsteps. It also had a pretty decent setup too involving soldiers going up against supernatural Nazi troopers. And it's that aspect that makes the film so promising. Or in Hadida's words:

“The film involves a classic assault on the bad guys, who are nominally Nazis, more evocative of Inglourious Basterds than the actual World War II. It is a vaguely futuristic retro world as fun as Captain America, which has recently been reintroduced to the world audience with great success.”

So basically, it's a very good excuse to once again have Nazis as the bad guys, while not exactly sticking all that close to actual history.

Now, before any Wolfenstein fans get too excited, do keep in mind that Hadida and Roger Avary first tried to make this movie over five years ago when the producer original purchased the rights to the game. The pair don't exactly have a proven track record of getting a film off the ground, though perhaps now that Avary's legal troubles are (presumably) behind him, they'll actually be able to make it happen this time. And if they do, they better show Hitler exactly as he was in the game: in a giant robot suit with miniguns for arms.

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