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Roger Avary To Write & Direct 'Castle Wolfenstein'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 4:18 PM
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Man, remember when those "Castle Wolfenstein" games were popular or were cutting edge? Remember when "Return To Castle Wolfenstein" was a big deal? Damn, we feel old. And yet, the brand and franchise continue to endure, and the long-gestating movie looks like it's finally happening, with a rather interesting name set to guide.

John Cusack Gets Into Roger Avary's 'Airspace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 9:17 AM
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John Cusack and/or his agent have been working the phones pretty hard this week. The last two days have seen the actor sign up for the financial drama "Due Process" and the Stephen King adaptation "Cell," and now Cusack has busted out the quill again to put his name on another movie, which has a rather intriguing name attached to write and direct.

Roger Avary To Write Paul Verhoeven's 'Jesus Of Nazareth' As Financing Comes Together

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 20, 2012 11:17 AM
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Biblical movies are all the rage in Hollywood right now, with Darren Aronofsky currently casting his "Noah" for a summer shoot,  Ridley Scott looking to tackle Moses for Fox while Steven Spielberg also has a Moses movie brewing for Warner Bros. Meanwhile, "Robocop" and "Showgirls" director Paul Verhoeven wants in on the Biblical epic movement too, specifically with the controversial take on Jesus Christ that he's been trying to get off the ground since last year. And Verhoeven has taken a couple significant steps forward with his Jesus movie with Muse Productions’ Chris Hanley stepping up to finance the project and screenwriter Roger Avary ("Beowulf," "Killing Zoe") hired to write the screenplay.

Marvel Continue Low-Rent 'Thor 2' Director Hunt, Consider TV Helmers Alan Taylor & Daniel Minahan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2011 8:54 PM
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As essentially a self-financing entity, Marvel has, perhaps understandably, been careful to look after the bottom line on their self-produced movies since "Iron Man." The movies have, without exception, cost north of $100 million, but the studio has been careful to keep the money on the screen, signing relative unknowns like Chris Hemsworth, character actors like Mark Ruffalo, or rising stars like Jeremy Renner. People who won't break the bank, exactly. And those actors are kept to restrictive multiple film contracts, to the extent that Chris Evans nearly backed out of "Captain America: The First Avenger."

Roger Avary To Direct Bret Easton Ellis' 'Glamorama' In 2012?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 13, 2011 12:12 PM
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The last time Roger Avary directed a film, it was in collaboration with Bret Easton Ellis. Together, the two of them were responsible for the hyperactive 2002 adaptation of "The Rules Of Attraction" and something of a spinoff in the mostly-improvisational "Glitterati" cut together from the extensive footage shot for Victor's European trip sequence. And how did that go? 'Attraction' pulled in less than $12 million worldwide, while "Glitterati" has only been seen by a handful of people and may never obtain any sort of release due to its pornographic content. So, naturally, Avary hasn't directed anything in almost a decade (not to mention his brief stint in jail). And in a perfect example of Hollywood logic, it looks like he'll return to directing with another collaboration with Ellis.

'Pulp Fiction' Writer Roger Avary To Pen Adaptation Of William Faulkner's 'Sanctuary'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 5:12 AM
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It's been a while since we've heard anything about Roger Avary, the Academy Award winning co-writer of "Pulp Fiction" and there's a reason why. In 2009 he was sentenced to a year in prison for vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, following a car crash which killed Avary's best friend, Andreas Zini. In July of last year, he finished up his sentence and now it looks like he's getting back to work.

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