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

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Posted by Alex (2389 posts) -

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.

#1 Posted by Alex (2389 posts) -

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.

#2 Posted by Morningstar (2240 posts) -

So cool.

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#3 Posted by papercut (3554 posts) -

suuuure

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#4 Posted by Atwa (638 posts) -

Who is gonna play him

#5 Posted by kdrudy (25 posts) -

If it's ridiculous but entertaining I'm cool with it.

#6 Posted by Animasta (14722 posts) -

SPOILERS ALEX I STILL HAVEN'T BEAT WOLFENSTEIN

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#7 Edited by MonkeysDad (64 posts) -

Doom was an instant classic, how could this fail?

Oh, wait...

#8 Posted by Citizengamer (183 posts) -

Came here to see if anyone had posted this on the forums yet, but was glad to see Alex already on it with the news post.

As for the film premise ... well, it's Castle Wolfenstein. I'm sure there are screenplay writers who can still mess it up, but Avary seems like a solid choice.

#9 Posted by wumbo3000 (1005 posts) -

NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN!

#10 Posted by Little_Socrates (5715 posts) -

FUCK. Dude fell from aiding with Pulp Fiction to Rules of Attraction to Silent Hill? That's steep.

Here's hoping dude knows his way around the goofs on this one.

#11 Posted by tsiro (214 posts) -

I hope that at some point, the protagonist(s) is forced to go find a giant, chunky, "old-style" key to open a door to continue.

#12 Edited by Anlino (81 posts) -

Hang on just a second. Castle Wolfenstein is not a first-person shooter, it's a stealth game from 1981. Is the movie based on the 1981 game or Wolfenstein 3D?

#13 Posted by LordKorax (278 posts) -

Return to Castle Wolfenstein (which is the particular license for this movie), along with the others running in id's Wolf3D franchise have pretty much nothing to do with the original Castle Wolfenstein franchise linked to in the article. You should know better than that, guys.

#14 Posted by AuthenticM (3803 posts) -

If Mecha Hitler is not in the film then fuck this.

#15 Posted by Driam (167 posts) -

That's great! I really liked the dozens of movies based on Metroid, Gears of war, Uncharted, World of warcraft, Asteroids, Spy hunter, Metal gear, God of war, Halo, Monkey island, Fallout, GTA and Castlevania, and am really looking forward to a wolf3d movie aslo never coming out or even getting into pre-pre-production!

#16 Posted by redefaulted (2829 posts) -

I hope they just go all out insane with this and really just make an entertaining movie. The franchise doesn't need a "serious drama."

#17 Posted by GorillaMoPena (2337 posts) -

Hot off Iron Sky and Nazi's coming from the moon is the perfect time for Mecha Hitler.

#18 Posted by BlackLagoon (1460 posts) -

Obviously Hitler will be getting a genetically engineered mutant body instead of a mecha...

#19 Posted by Nill (25 posts) -

I won't be satisfied unless the main character spends the whole movie humping walls searching for hidden bling.

#20 Posted by chilipeppersman (1174 posts) -

yay

#21 Posted by prestonhedges (1961 posts) -
Only two questions need be answered, really. Is Hitler in it? And is Hitler a mech?

Why bother speculating? You've officially confirmed Mecha Hitler in the title of your article.

#22 Posted by EuanDewar (5098 posts) -

Roger Avary is great cause he directed Rules of Attraction and Rules of Attraction is great because Theresa Wayman.

It all leads back to Warpaint.

#23 Posted by believer258 (12187 posts) -

I hope and pray that this movie does not take itself seriously. Barring that, I hope it takes itself extremely seriously but still has Mecha-Hitler in it.

#24 Posted by Mikular (163 posts) -

I'm into this. Any man who even glanced at someone partially responsible for Pulp Fiction has my eternal respect.

#25 Posted by buft (3320 posts) -

you know when i saw abraham lincoln vampire hunter i was sceptical but it was entertaining enough, i'm imagining a similar level of absurdity and entertainment from this one too.

#26 Posted by csl316 (9443 posts) -

Can't wait for the new generation of Hitler rant videos that this will inevitably spawn.

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#27 Posted by Phatmac (5727 posts) -

MECHA FURHER!

#28 Posted by AjayRaz (12476 posts) -

i hope everybody in the movie double jumps like in enemy territory

#29 Posted by Shaanyboi (1343 posts) -

How to do it right? A crazy beyond Inglorious Bastards.

How to do it wrong? ...well... almost any other way.

#30 Posted by Cybexx (1226 posts) -

That synopsis pretty much sounds like Wolfenstein if Wolfenstein was a co-op game. So that is something I guess, gives it a step up on other failed video game movies like Crazy Taxi and Asteroids.

#31 Posted by falling_fast (2279 posts) -

oh man, what if this movie actually looked like Wolfenstein 3d

#32 Edited by GarethJ (2 posts) -

If its Mecha-Hitler you're after, then here you go: 
 
  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2130142/- Nazis at the Center of the Earth (2012)

If you watch it, be prepared for plenty of B-Movie gore!
#33 Posted by OldGuy (1575 posts) -

I'll be waiting for the scene where one of the heroes is almost dead and has to drink some blood off the floor to get enough strength to make it to the next medkit (which must have a big red cross on it)...

#34 Edited by nERVEcenter (190 posts) -

Holy shit, this sounds so awesome in concept. Creepy paranormal occult experiments by the Nazis in big-screen form? There won't have been anything quite like it, and I hope they handle it well. With two protagonists, they have a chance to do something really special, and I hope they don't cheese it up with referential jabs and pandering.

Do what Return to Castle Wolfenstein was trying to do: Actually make a really creepy action-horror movie about two agents pressed for their lives in a crazy world of paranormal experimentation.

#35 Posted by Sackmanjones (4761 posts) -

If try don't take it too seriously, I'm totally in for this movie. But as of right now the video game movies with the most potential are deus ex and assassins creed.

Mk by default will be awesome

#36 Posted by mnzy (2925 posts) -

Wait...I thought this was based off the original Castle Wolfenstein, not Return to Castle Wolfenstein!?

#37 Posted by Juda (45 posts) -

Not a mis-leading article headline whatsoever.

Nope. Not at all.

#38 Posted by tourgen (4542 posts) -

Alright, well why not I guess

#39 Edited by Lazyaza (2212 posts) -

Article title a bit misleading there Mr Navarro. Mecha Hitler needs to be confirmed for this movie to be worth anyone's attention whatsoever and until he is confirmed my interest like with all game movies remains at zero.

#40 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Sequel to Inglorious Bastards

#41 Posted by CornBREDX (5995 posts) -

Its one of those games that should be easy to not fuck up an adaptation for, but knowing Hollywood they'll do something stupid. Although to be fair, despite some people's disdain for it, the first Silent Hill film is one of the better adaptations of a game to film (in my opinion of course- oh and i haven't seen the sequel, and I'm not speaking for that one) so who knows.  
Maybe they'll do alright by it. Hopefully it's better then the Silent Hill film (which I still have problems with despite my previous statement and despite the fact that I still like it).

#42 Posted by Alex (2389 posts) -

Sorry guys, I think I got a little carried away with the headline title there. Changed it to make it less definitive, since we don't actually know if Mecha Hitler will be in the movie. Crossing my fingers, obviously.

#43 Posted by Overbite (210 posts) -

fuck hitler

#44 Edited by OneKillWonder_ (1832 posts) -

I don't understand how any of this is really new, unless there has been some recent development in the production. Roger Avery was talking about this movie like 6 or 7 years ago. But then, ya know, he went to jail before any of it could get off the ground. I can't seem to find any info that this film is actually back on track.
 
Anyway, I really do want to see this made, and with Adam Baldwin as BJ Blazkowicz!

#45 Posted by Delta_Ass (3282 posts) -

Roger Avary... also known as that drunk driver who killed someone.

#46 Posted by fisk0 (4486 posts) -

@Alex said:

Sorry guys, I think I got a little carried away with the headline title there. Changed it to make it less definitive, since we don't actually know if Mecha Hitler will be in the movie. Crossing my fingers, obviously.

It could be based on the two original Castle Wolfenstein adventure games, which I don't think had any mechs. But, yes, Mecha Hitler really should be in the movie.

#47 Posted by Grilledcheez (3957 posts) -

Hopefully it actually comes out some day

#48 Posted by Stubee (383 posts) -

In a world where the Halo, Bioshock and Gears of War films never saw the light of day, i seriously doubt this one will.

#49 Posted by Phished0ne (2539 posts) -

I liked the first silent hill, not sold on a movie adaptation of Wolf though...

#50 Posted by MjHealy (1877 posts) -

I think I may know what the sequel may be called...

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