While not totally finalised, Todd Hollenshead confirmed with me today rumours that id Software has indeed licensed the film rights to an adaptation of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and that Roger Avary will both be writing and directing the movie.
“We are super excited to have Roger Avary attached to the project,” Hollenshead told me. “I met personally with Avary and he has an enormous amount of enthusiasm for the project. That makes us incredibly excited. Movie projects are tough unless you have a really good writer and we want this to be great.”
When I mentioned the mixed reaction to the Doom film, Hollenshead first said he loved the movie but then went on to say that they always want to take their previous experiences and “learn to do things better.”
Before penning the deal, id folks met with the studio to agree to some “creative guidelines” for the upcoming picture.
“We want to make sure things like BJ is the hero, it’s set in World War II and the Nazis are the bad guys,” he said. “But a movie does need to be different than the game, so there is going to be some changes made.”
He added that id will stay involved in the project as the movie is being made and technically, the deal is still in the works. id just wanted to get the word out there during their annual Quake Con.