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Mecha Hitler (Hopefully) Finally Coming to the Big Screen in Castle Wolfenstein Movie

Pulp Fiction and Silent Hill scribe Roger Avary helping to bring the classic first-person franchise to film.

We've had a lot of Hitlers in movies. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that there's been a Hitler for just about everyone's taste over the years. Angry Hitler, brooding Hitler, romantic Hitler, wacky Hitler, Hitler's ghost...yeah, we've pretty much covered the spectrum there. But what about those of us pining for a gigantic, mechanized Hitler with giant machine guns for arms? Where is our movie?

This movie pretty much writes itself.

Apparently, it's coming. Specifically, it's coming in the form of a film based on the Castle Wolfenstein video game franchise, courtesy of production Panorama Media, who have signed screenwriter Roger Avary to pen the script and direct.

If Avary's name sounds familiar, it's because he's dabbled in the world of video game adaptation before. Though he's likely most well-known in Hollywood for co-writing Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and writing/directing the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation The Rules of Attraction, Avary also wrote the script for Christophe Gans' film version of Silent Hill. Most recently, he's been writing the TV series based on the comic book franchise XIII, which had its own game adaptation some years back.

Producer Samuel Hadida, who is credited with producing four of the five Resident Evil movies, as well as both Silent Hill films, is heading up the project on the production side.

The screenplay, per The Hollywood Reporter, "centers on a young U.S. Army captain and a British special agent on a top-secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler will be for the unveiling of a new secret weapon. After reaching the Castle, the 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 the war."

My guess would be that the movie won't worry too much about trying to adhere to the game franchise's specifics, and more just use the idea of "creepy occult Nazis turning Hitler into a giant mech of doom" as an overall framework for an action movie. Which would be just fine by me, really. After all, who really cares about slavish attention to detail in the Castle Wolfenstein universe? Only two questions need be answered, really. Is Hitler in it? And is Hitler a mech? If the answer to both is yes, then things are officially on the right track.

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Posted by prestonhedges

Well, I stand corrected.

Posted by Timnoldzim

Well, Roger Avary's proven his talent before, and Silent Hill was pretty good IMO. So hopefully this will actually move forward.

Posted by Nightfang
Posted by StevetheRadroach

"Hopefully" Being the key word.

Edited by vinsanityv22

Wolfenstein has a GREAT premise for a fun action romp, and the way they describe it - Captain America meets Inglorious Basterds - is pretty much an awesome tone to try to hit. I just hope that that's all they take from it; the premise, and the name of the main character. Build a great action movie from there. THAT'S what an "adaptation" is about. Make it your own, and make it good. That's what game movies to date haven't done very well... unless you count Wreck It Ralph. Despite not being based on anything specifically, it's apparently fantastic and it's about video games so I'll take it.

I hope Wreck It Ralph inspires Sony Pictures Animation to make some Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper or Jak & Daxter movies.

Posted by Vao

mecha hitler already has a movie...

Posted by SinKing

A Wolfenstein themed movie is a great way to bring together some over thetop characters and create basically what would be a video game on steroids. That guy who made Watchmen should have a hand in the directing, Zak Snyder, was it?

This is gonna be one pointless movie and we all know the ending "Oh Eva, mein Leben!" - Hitler dies. I just hope kids in ten years will still understand this is a complete work of fiction. Or else the history books get rewritten.

Posted by banishedsoul1

that would be epic

Posted by metalemily

I would love to of heard the pitch for this movie

Posted by ElvishPresley

He's been attached to this since 2007. I was really shocked to read this article because the last I heard of him he had been arrested for drunkenly killing his passenger in a car crash. Wikipedia says he spent less than a year in jail....which is kind of crazy. But, yeah. Mecha Hitler's cool, I guess.

Posted by Slither_Maggot

@MonkeysDad: LOL! My first thought too actually.

Posted by teh_destroyer

I want Jason Statham in this movie.

Posted by BroodLord

Next up: Mecha Hitler vs Mothra

Posted by lazerbot

I wonder if the Germans will force the studio to change Mecha Hitler into something else like they did for Wolfenstine on the Super Nintendo.

Posted by MetalMoog

Hitler will be played by Lars Von Trier.

Posted by brett990

that would be awesome