The classic first-person shooter Wolfenstein is finally heading to the big screen after years of speculation and a series of obstacles.
idSoftware CEO Todd Hollenshead has told Eurogamer that the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game is still on, with Oscar-winner Roger Avery currently writing the script.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein is set in 1943, and followed U.S Army Ranger B.J Blazkowicz, who is sent into Nazi-occupied Europe to investigate the SS Paranormal Division. As Blazkowicz, you battle Nazi soldiers, armies of the undead, and horrific ‘supersoldiers’ that looked like this:
I remember spending the majority of my free time in high school battling these Nazi armies. I used to be so terrified of the zombie-based stages that I would instead play the first stage over and over again. I didn’t really get out much.
A film based on Return to Castle Wolfenstein was originally announced in 2002, with Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) attatched to direct. In 2007, the reigns were handed over to Roger Avery, who co-wrote Pulp Fiction.
The film has hit a few speedbumps in the six years since it was announced. Most recently was the writers strike, which prevented any work on the project. Also, Avery was arrested in January of this year under suspicion of manslaughter and DUI, after a car crash claimed the life of his female passenger.
So you could say his mind has been occupied.
Although I’m yet to see a video-game adaptation that is actually good, there is some great potential in this. I would love to see a WW2 movie that goes in a new (read: zombie filled) direction.
What will be interesting is seeing Avery’s Wolfenstein go up against former writing partner Quentin Tarantino‘s similarly aggressively violent WW2 flick Inglorious Bastards in 2009.
P.S. If you were wondering, I eventually managed to be a man, and finish Return to Castle Wolfenstein, scary bits and all. Now if I can just get back to playing Resident Evil 4…