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Roger Avery for Castle Wolfenstein

DEADLINE: Panorama Media and Samuel Hadida announced that they will produce an action-adventure film inspired by the World War II-set video game franchise. Pulp Fiction writer Roger Avery will write and direct the flick, described as in the vein of Captain America and Inglorious Basterds, about 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. “I’ve been playing the Wolfenstein games since I was a kid, and feel that their outlandish sensibility has deeply influenced my own writing and directing throughout my career”, said Avary. “I have always thought Wolfenstein, transformed and opened for the screen to wider audiences not familiar with the games, would be a major cinematic experience, which is why I introduced it to Samuel”.

Hadida, whose list of credits include the Avary-produced and -directed Killing Zoe and The Rules Of Attraction, will produce through his Davis Films Productions. Global sales will be handled by Panorama’s Marc Butan and Kimberly Fox. Talks with U.S. distributors are underway, and Panorama is licensing distribution rights at AFM. Said Fox: “Both Samuel and Roger bring a really fun sensibility to the screen, and Wolfenstein gives them the perfect opportunity.”

Peter Mullan

Peter Mullan (born 2 November 1959) is a Scottish actor and filmmaker. Mullan was born in Peterhead, Scotland, the son of Patricia (a nurse) and Charles Mullan (a lab technician at Glasgow University). The second youngest of eight children, Mullan was brought up in a working class Roman Catholic family. For a brief period, Mullan was a member of a street gang while at secondary school, and worked as a bouncer in a number of south-side pubs.

Mullan began acting at university and continued stage acting after graduation. He had roles in several films such as Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Braveheart, and Riff-Raff. His first full-length film, Orphans, won an award at the Venice Film Festival. In 2002, he returned to directing and screenwriting with the controversial film The Magdalene Sisters, based on life in an Irish Magdalene Asylum; Mullan won a Golden Lion award from the Venice Film Festival.

Mullan’s role as a recovering alcoholic in My Name Is Joe won him the Best Actor Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. In 2004, he starred in On a Clear Day and Criminal, he also had a small role in Children of Men. In 2007, he played a prominent role in the Channel 4 adaptation of Boy A.

He co-starred in the Red Riding Trilogy (2009) a television adaptation of English author David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet (1999–2002). The quartet comprises the novels Nineteen Seventy-Four (1999), Nineteen Seventy-Seven (2000), Nineteen Eighty (2001) and Nineteen Eighty-Three (2002) and the first, third, and fourth of these books became three feature-length television episodes — Red Riding 1974, Red Riding 1980, and Red Riding 1983. Set against a backdrop of serial murders during 1974–1983, including the Yorkshire Ripper killings, the books and films follow several recurring fictional characters through a bleak and violent world of multi-layered police corruption and organized crime. Although real-life crimes are referenced, the plot is fiction rather than a documentary or factual account of events. Both the books and films mix elements of fact, fiction and conspiracy theory — a confection dubbed “Yorkshire Noir” by some critics — and are notable for a chronologically fractured narrative and for defying neat or trite endings and resolutions. (Yorkshire, Britain’s largest county, is broken into three administrative areas known as the Ridings — North, East and West).

Mullan appeared in the last two Harry Potter films as the Yaxley. His latest film as director, Neds (2010), the film tells the story of John McGill (Conor McCarron), a Christian teenager growing up in 1970’s Glasgow, Scotland. The story line follows John’s involvement with his city’s ned culture and the consequences of it on his teenage years.

He starred in Tyrannosaura 2011 BAFTA Award winning British drama film written and directed by Paddy Considine, his first feature film. It depicts an environment similar to what Considine witnessed growing up on a council estate in the Midlands, although the film is in no way autobiographical. The film’s title is a metaphor, the meaning of which is revealed in the film.

He also appeared in the Steven Spielberg film War Horse, released in December 2011; and he is set to appear in Channel 4’s four-part drama series The Fear.