Script-writing legend Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill) is set to adapt the classic Wolfenstein video game series for the big screen. Working in association with producer Samuel Hadida (Resident Evil, Solomon Kane), Avary will not only write the film, but will take on the role as director as well.
The film follows a British Special Agent and a US Army Captain as they attempt to infiltrate the mysterious Castle Wolfenstein, Hitler’s top-secret compound which holds many secrets. However, standing in their way is the SS Paranormal Division, as well as the unveiling of a new weapon that could turn the tides of war for the Nazis. The two soldiers must battle the forces of evil as they attempt to thwart Hitler’s plans.
Avary has cited the early Wolfenstein games as his inspiration, pointing out that the “outlandish sensibility” has greatly influenced his writing career. Hadida is also very excited about the project, stating:
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.
Castle Wolfenstein was a stealth-action PC game released in 1981, though the series gained popularity after the release of Wolfenstein 3D in 1992, the game that paved the way for first-person shooters. While the series initially focused on a realistic setting, the franchise saw a huge increase in supernatural elements over the years. Undead soldiers, advanced weaponry, and even supernatural powers made their way into the series, and many of the games have been well-received by the gaming world.
The film will be released by Panorama Media and Hadida’s own Davis Films Prods. No estimated release date has been given.