It’s been over 4 years since we last heard anything about the live-action movie based on the “Wolfenstein” games. According to Panorama Media and Samuel Hadida, you can stop waiting now, because the movie is on, and Roger Avary, long attached to the project, will officially be writing and directing the film, currently going under the title of “Castle Wolfenstein”.
In a press release, the studio calls their upcoming “Wolfenstein” movie as being a cross between “Captain America” and “Inglourious Basterds”, with the plot following “a young US 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, 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 the War.”
So what’s this about “Wolfenstein” being like “Captain America” and “Inglourious Basterds”? Producer Samuel Hadida explains:
The film involves a classic assault on the bad guys, who are nominally Nazis, more evocative of INGLORIUS 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.
Uh, that makes sense, I guess. As for Avary, he’s totally psyched:
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. I have always thought WOLFENSTEIN, transformed and opened for the screen to wider audiences not familiar with the games, would be a major cinematic experience, which is why I introduced it to Samuel. He bought the rights, and I could not be happier that we are now embarking on this adventure.
After many years of development, the movie is finally moving into production, with the producers currently selling the film over at the American Film Market.
The “Wolftenstein” games got way fancier over the years, but that wasn’t always the case. It started out life a little like this: