B.J. for everyone! No, wait, that's not right… B.J. Blaskowitz for movie audiences! Yes, that's what's in the cards from Paranorma Media and Samuel Hadida. They've hired Roger Avary to write and direct an adaptation of the video game franchise about a marine who gets captured by Nazi mad scientists and winds up fighting – what else – robot Hitler.
We here at CraveOnline think it's safe to say that the world needs more robot Hitlers. In movies anyway. In real life, that would be… Actually, that would still be pretty danged interesting, albeit in a horrifically evil, "Kill it, kill it now" kind of way.
Coming Soon published the press release, which described the adaptation of the over 40-year-old franchise as "a classic assault on the bad guys, who are nominally Nazis, more evocative of 'Inglorious 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.”
The video games were pretty historically significant in their day. Although not technically the first "first-person shooter" game (that would be 1973's Maze War), the 1992 release of Wolfenstein 3D helped popularize the now-ubiquitous genre. Although Wolfenstein's cultural significance has waned in the last decade or so, it remains a familiar brand to gamers. The most recent installment, named simply Wolfenstein, was released for Windows, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2009.
Castle Wolfenstein would not be Avary's first video game adaptation. The Academy Award-winner (for Pulp Fiction's original screenplay, co-written by the film's director, Quentin Tarantino) also wrote the screenplay for Silent Hill, the first installment of the horror film franchise, whose most recent (and utterly awful) installment was released just last weekend.
CraveOnline will be back with more Castle Wolfenstein news after we fight off Werewolf Josef Stalin.