Castle Wolfenstein Returns again?
I've read a few reports today about the Castle Wolfenstein film that immediately go to the old "videogame adaptations are rubbish" conveniently forgetting Lara Croft, Resident Evil, Silent Hill and Hitman (Filmstalker review). Oh you may not have liked the films but they were way more successful and gained a much better audience than most assume.
So why is it surprising that a cult videogame such as Castle Wolfenstein would be considered for a film adaptation? I think it's more surprising that Hollywood still insist on avoiding the huge titles and going for anything but.
Well right now we're not getting our big game adaptations we're getting our cult game adaptation and on a much smaller scale I'm sure.
"...centers on a young U.S. Army captain and a British special agent on a top-secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler will be for the unveiling of a new secret weapon. After reaching the Castle, the heroes are confronted with Himmler's SS Paranormal Division and must fight, not only for their survival, but for a mission that could alter the course of the war."
It doesn't follow the eighties videogame Castle Wolfenstein storyline directly but there's a close connection and the names behind it have connections with Silent Hill, Avary wrote it and Hadida was a producer, and Resident Evil where Hadida was another producer. Hadida is already excited about the prospect:
"With Roger at the helm, we expect everyone will join us for a wild and fun cinematic ride that will grab contemporary film audiences with the same irreverent, hip, over-the-top approach that Roger brought to Pulp Fiction and the other films he has either written or directed...It is a big action adventure but also strongly character driven and based on a very solid story."
I think this has potential, it's a story that's been touched on in plenty of other horror and fantasy films before and so focussing on it for its own film doesn't seem that crazy an idea, and Avary has some strong writing and directing talent behind him to be able to deliver something cinematically strong. There's definitely potential for this turning into a new Silent Hill, Resident Evil or better.
Of course this hasn't just sprung out of the blue, here's what Avary said back in August of 2007, yes five years ago.
"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...It's time to bust some dams, storm some bunkers and blow up some bridges."
Is it finally going to happen? Certainly seems they have the right producer behind the project to get it made and certainly Avary has never given up on it.