Roger Avary talks Castle Wolfenstein Movie

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Published by Northerner 12 years ago , last updated 2 years ago
"Roger Avary, co-scripter of the upcoming BEOWULF and scribe of the SILENT HILL feature (who was at one point set to write and helm a big-screen version of the DRIVER video game, but is no longer attached to that project), just spoke to Fango about RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN, yet another game-based movie, which he’ll script and direct. “I collect and restore vintage arcade machines as a hobby,” Avary tells us of his predilection for this particular type of project. “I started out as a computer programmer. I spend a good 40 percent of my life involved in gaming and videogames. One of the foremost experiences I had growing up was playing WOLFENSTEIN 3-D. I played the original CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN game, but really it was 3-D that changed things. It was like a quantum leap in graphics at that point, and it was the first time I was transported inside another world and in control of it. My avatar was me, and when I turned it off, it was like I was leaving a very real world. “What’s not to like?” Avary continues. “You have guys shooting Nazis, storming bunkers, blowing up bridges and busting dams. To me, there’s this proud tradition of guys on a mission in WWII films. I already loved that, along with monster films, and CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN kind of pulls both of those together. So when the opportunity to do this movie came up—through Samuel Hadida, who produced my first film [KILLING ZOE], I was like, ‘Hands down, I’m in.’ That’s the kind of adventure for me. It’s something I want to do, and I’m finishing the script now. I’ve kind of done the festival film circuit; [now] I want to make a big popcorn adventure movie, and RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN seemed like the perfect thing for me.” —Ian Spelling" Fangoria Magazine interview
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