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'Alien vs. Predator' & 'Return To Castle Wolfenstein' Coming To The Big Screen

by Rainier on July 15, 2002 @ 8:09 p.m. PDT

Talk about a clash of the titans: British filmmaker Paul Anderson ("Resident Evil") will write and direct "Alien vs. Predator," a 20th Century Fox project based on a popular video game, Variety reports (thanks Shacknews). Columbia Pictures is returning to the video game well once more -- this time for "Return to Castle Wolfenstein." (thanks Homelan).

Aliens vs. Predator

Fox Interactive published "Aliens vs. Predator" in 1999 and released its sequel, "Aliens vs. Predator 2," last year.

The picture is the tale of human scientists on a distant planet who, once again, make the mistake of experimenting on aliens and predators. The story centers on a scientist who foolishly hatches alien eggs to create an environment attractive to predators.

The picture will be developed by the producers of the underlying properties, the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "Predator" and its 1990 sequel, and the first four installments of the "Alien" franchise.

"Predator" earned $59.7 million domestically in 1987, and "Predator 2" $30.7 million. The 1979 "Alien" earned $78.9 million; "Aliens" (1986), $85.2 million; "Alien 3" (1992), $55.5 million; and "Alien: Resurrection" (1997), $47.8 million. Anderson's other credits include "Mortal Kombat," "Event Horizon" and "Soldier."

Castle Wolfenstein

The popular action game follows a highly decorated Army Ranger recruited into the Office of Secret Actions. He is then given the task of escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein -- the stronghold of Gestapo capo Heinrich Himmler -- whose occult and genetic experiments are raising an unstoppable army to level the Allies. Along the way, there are hearty helpings of blood, violence and gore as the Ranger guns down Nazis and the mutated to save Western culture.

The game's roots date to the 1983 release of Muse Software's 2D game "Castle Wolfenstein," which was one of the first to incorporate human speech.

Sony has had mixed success with the genre: It produced the sleeper hit "Resident Evil" last March, but an animated adaptation of the wildly popular "Final Fantasy" franchise fizzled at the box office in 2001.

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