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"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 heâ€™ll script and direct. â€œI collect and restore vintage arcade machines as a hobby,â€ Avary tells us of his predilection for this particular type of project. â€œI 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. â€œWhatâ€™s not to like?â€ Avary continues. â€œYou have guys shooting Nazis, storming bunkers, blowing up bridges and busting dams. To me, thereâ€™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 upâ€”through Samuel Hadida, who produced my first film [KILLING ZOE], I was like, â€˜Hands down, Iâ€™m in.â€™ Thatâ€™s the kind of adventure for me. Itâ€™s something I want to do, and Iâ€™m finishing the script now. Iâ€™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.â€ â€”Ian Spelling"
Fangoria Magazine interview
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