Hadida storms ‘Castle’ rights

Avary attached to write, direct

Producer Samuel Hadida has secured the rights to the vidgame “Return to Castle Wolfenstein,” with Roger Avary attached to write and direct the adaptation of the ID Software property.

Project reteams Avary with Hadida after he penned company’s horror pic “Silent Hill.”

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.

Hadida’s becoming a prolific producer of vidgame adaptations, with “Resident Evil: Extinction,” the third installment in the franchise, bowing Sept. 21. Last year, he produced the horror pic “Silent Hill,” based on the game. A sequel’s planned. He also has “Onimusha” in the works with Christophe Gans attached to direct.

Avary most recently adapted Robert Zemeckis’ take on “Beowulf,” which Paramount opens Nov. 16. He previously penned “Pulp Fiction,” “The Rules of Attraction” and “Killing Zoe.”

“I’ve been playing the character of B.J. Blazkowicz since the epic ‘Wolfenstein 3D’ first bruised my brain and have ever since wanted to bring his adventures to life on the bigscreen,” Avary said. “It’s time to bust some dams, storm some bunkers and blow up some bridges.”

ID Software’s other titles include the first-person shooters “Doom” and “Quake.” Another “Wolfenstein” game is in development.

Davis Films also has “Solomon Kane” set up with Michael Bassett to directand “Killing Suki Flood,” with Louis-Pascal Couvelaire helming.

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