‘Castle Wolfenstein’ Movie Finally Happening, Oscar-Winner Set to Direct
'Castle Wolfenstein' is one of the most influential video games ever created and now the classic first-person shooter is finally headed to the big screen and has an Oscar-winner on-board to write and direct.
Variety reports that Roger Avary, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his contributions to the 'Pulp Fiction' script, has signed on to write and direct an adaptation of 'Castle Wolfenstein.' Avary had been attached to the film since 2007 but in January of 2008 was arrested on a charge of DUI and vehicular manslaughter and, after pleading guilty, was sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation. Now that Avary is set to work again, he's ready to return to 'Wolfenstein.'
Though it was originally a standard top-down side-scrolling adventure game designed for the Atari 800 and the Commodore 64, the series was rebooted in 1992 with 'Wolfenstein 3D' which is long-thought to be the grandfather of first-person shooters. Minus some plot flourishes along the way, the storyline revolved around the objective to kill Adolf Hitler.
The storyline for the film is expected to be as such:
A young U.S. Army Captain and a British Special Agent on a top secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler will be in attendance for the unveiling of a new secret weapon. After reaching the Castle, our 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 WWII.
Says Avary of the news, "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."