While it was announced literally 6 years ago that Panorama Media and producer Samuel Hadida had tapped Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill) to write a feature adaptation of the cult videogame Castle Wolfenstein, it’s now reported, via Variety, that he will also direct. Talks with U.S. distributors are already underway. The action-adventure story follows a young U.S. Army Captain and a British Special Agent on a top secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler will be in attendance for the unveiling of a new secret weapon. After reaching the Castle, our 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 WWII.
They also write that Lionsgate has hired Francis Lawrence to direct the final two The Hunger Games films with Danny Strong writing and Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth starring. Lawrence is currently directing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second movie in the franchise. Lionsgate decided in July to split Mockingjay, the final book in the Suzanne Collins book trilogy, into two parts. That tome centers focus on Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads a rebellion against the ruling Capitol in the dystopian North America of the future as Everdeen is convinced to become “the Mockingjay” as a symbol of the rebellion. Catching Fire will open Nov. 22, 2013. Mockingjay Part 1 opens a year later on Nov. 21 and the final film will be released on Nov. 20, 2015.
Karl Mueller, the writer of The Divide and the upcoming The Occult, directs Mr. Jones, a new indie out of the American Film Market. “From the producer of the Sundance smash hit The Pact, Mr. Jones is Cabin in the Woods meets Jacob’s Ladder, a terrifying nightmare that’s so real, even daylight brings no relief.” Jon Foster (Stay Alive) and Sarah Jones (“Alcatraz”) are set to star.
Jinga’s cannibal horror Sawney: Flesh of Man sells to Grindstone for North America, says Screen Daily. Ricky Wood Jnr’s Scottish horror stars David Hayman as legendary cannibal Sawney Bean who abducts unholy souls for his communion of flesh. His insane family of inbred killers drag their victims to the hills where they are fed to a chained mutant. Flesh Of Man is a contemporary spin on the 15th century legend of Sawney Bean, the head of a 48-member clan who were responsible for the murder and cannibalization of over 1000 people.