Roger Avary to pen, helm ‘Wolfenstein’

Samuel Hadida will produce through Davis Films Prods. banner

Panorama Media and producer Samuel Hadida have tapped Roger Avary to write and direct a feature adaptation of the cult videogame “Castle Wolfenstein.”

Hadida will produce through his Davis Films Prods. banner, and global sales will be handled by Marc Butan and Kimberly Fox of Panorama, which is licensing distribution rights at AFM this week. Talks with U.S. distributors are already underway.

An action-adventure film in the vein of “Captain America” and “Inglourious Basterds,” story follows a young U.S. Army Captain and a British Special Agent on a top secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler will be in attendance 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 WWII.

“With Roger at the helm, we expect everyone will join us for a wild and fun cinematic ride that will grab contemporary film audiences with the same irreverent, hip, over the top approach that Roger brought to ‘Pulp Fiction’ and the other films he has either written or directed,” said Hadida. “It is a big action adventure but also strongly character driven and based on a very solid story. The film involves a classic assault on the bad guys, who are nominally Nazis, more evocative of ‘Inglourious 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.”

“We have known Samuel for years as a distributor and as a producer who knows the pulse of the marketplace, from his productions of ‘True Romance’ through the ‘Resident Evil’ pictures, and including Roger’s ‘Killing Zoe’ and ‘Rules of Attraction.’ Both Samuel and Roger bring a really fun sensibility to the screen, and ‘Wolfenstein’ gives them the perfect opportunity,” added Fox.

“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,” explained Avary. “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.”