Now “Wolfenstein” is a word that may not mean much to our younger readers, but us more seasoned folks it will immediately evoke memories of ID Software’s classic videogame, which for many of us was the first “3D” first person shooter videogame we ever played. As you reminisce on shooting Hitler in the face with a rocket launcher or bashing your spacebar in front of every wall with a funny texture, you probably feel kind of old, right?
Well, you’re about to feel even older. See they’re actually making a movie based on Castle Wolfenstein, the 1981 Atari and Commodore 64 video game that inspired “Wolfenstein 3D”. Well, sort of.
Whereas “Wolfenstein 3D” saw the very unfortunately named B.J. Blazkowicz running and gunning his way through Nazi created zombies in the titular castle, it’s predecessor was a much more stealthy game, relying on sneaking around and impersonating Nazi guards to complete objectives with violence really the last resort. However, the description of the film definitely seems to indicate that it’s based on the later game, with it being described as an “action movie in the vein of Captain America: The First Avenger and Inglourious Basterds.”
The plot will see a young US Army captain and British spy teaming up to infiltrate the famed Castle Wolfenstein, where the Fuhrer is scheduled to make an appearance to unveil a new weapon that could turn the tide of WW2. However, when they get there they discover the Heinrich Himmler’s SS Paranormal Division up to some undead shenanigans. Cue lots of zombie faces being shot.
The man tasked with bringing this film to life is Oscar winning writer/director Roger Avary, a filmmaker who made his name co-writing such pieces of cinema as Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Crying Freeman and Silent Hill among others. Avary’s career and life was put on hold in 2008 though, when he was on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI after a passenger in the car he was driving was killed in a car accident. He was eventually convicted and handed a 1 year sentence in 2009.
Since his release though, Avary has been keeping a pretty low profile, but now he seems to be getting back into the swing of things with talk back in June of him penning Jesus of Nazareth for Paul Verhoeven as well as adapting William Faulkner’s novel “Sanctuary”. Lets hope though that Avery is not just going to use Castle Wolfenstein as a leg-stretching exercise and actually uses that award winning talent of his to put a bit more of an interesting spin on that pretty pedestrian film description.
Last Updated: November 2, 2012