“Return to Castle Wolfenstein”? What ever happened to “Wolfenstein 3D”? In any case, Variety reports that producer Samuel Hadida has secured rights to the videogame with intentions of turning it into a movie franchise, and he’s tapped Roger Avary to write and direct the World War II supernatural-themed First Person Shooter. Apparently Hadida liked Avary’s swerve after he worked on the producer’s “Silent Hill” videogame-to-movie adaptation.
The WWII-set “Return to Castle Wolfenstein” revolves around U.S. Army Ranger B.J. Blazkowicz, who leads a team of agents into Castle Wolfenstein in order to investigate the Nazis’ SS Paranormal Division. Project had previously been set up with Mark Gordon at Sony before the rights to the game reverted back to ID Software.
I’ve actually played the “Wolfenstein” games and found them to be enjoyable enough diversions. Mostly you end up running around a dark and dank castle shooting it out with all manner of beasts and Nazis. I seem to remember that the Big Bosses were always insanely hard to kill. And maybe it’s just me, but I seem to recall that the game had more than a little bit of time travel plot in it, too…
In any case, videogame enthusiasts should keep Samuel Hadida’s name in mind. The producer doesn’t just have “Return to Wolfenstein” on tap and the latest “Resident Evil” coming out, but he’s also got a slew of other videogame-to-movie projects scheduled, including the Christophe Gans project “Onimusha”.