Studio Buys Rights to Deus Ex: Human Revolution Movie

Studio Buys Rights to Deus Ex: Human Revolution Movie

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Adam Jensen may yet scowl his way to the big screen.

CBS Films, the Los Angeles-based film studio responsible for movies including Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and The Woman in Black, has just acquired the rights to make a film based on Eidos Montreal's well-received cyberpunk outing Deus Ex: Human Revolution. While we don't yet know how closely this prospective movie will relate to the sorry tale of Adam "I Never Asked For This" Jensen, it looks likely that the film will touch on the themes of conspiracy and control we saw in the game.

Phil Rogers, president and CEO of Human Revolution publishers Square Enix Europe, said, "As the millions of fans who have played the Deus Ex games for more than a decade will tell you, these games catapult you into a universe that is stimulating, engaging and relevant."

Happily, the team behind Human Revolution is set to take a very active role in crafting any film that comes of this deal. As has been noted frequently since the game's release, one of the standout elements of Human Revolution (I mean, apart from the arm-swords) was its incredibly detailed and consistent cyberpunk-Renaissance aesthetic, grounded in the developers' clever use of black, gold, light, and angles. With the team from Eidos Montreal on board, it might not be too much to hope that these kinds of flourishes make it to the big screen.

Terry Press, co-president of CBS Films, is clear on the importance of the developers to this project. "As is clear from the wild success of the game, Square Enix and Eidos Montreal know how to exceed their audience's expectations by engineering incredible worlds," said Press. "No one knows Human Revolution like the team that created it, and we look forward to working with them from day one to make a film adaptation worthy of the Deus Ex name," he added.

That's about all there is for now. The film already has several producers on board - one of whom is apparently also working on film adaptations of Just Cause and Kane and Lynch - though there remain a great many vacancies. There's no telling whether or not this deal means that the Human Revolution movie will ever see the light of day; but if done well, it could really turn out to be something worthwhile. Or it could, y'know, be a disaster. Only time will tell.

Source: Variety

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Will the bad guys be done by a diffrent studio?

Man those guys sucked.

I never asked for this. Sorry I couldn't help myself.

I'm ok with this, it would interestung to watch if actually does get made.

Keep talking and take my money.

IF this becomes a movie, I will be happy. If it becomes a crappy movie, I will be sad.

That much is obvious haha, I can't say anymore until we know whether or not the movie is coming.

Let's all hope this film doesn't end-up putting the ugh in ughmented.

CBS Films

This does not fill me with confidence considering their current track record. Oh well I guess if everything balances in the end and this sucks it guarantees Michael Fassbender in AC will be nothing short of a masterpiece right? RIGHT?

As I say with every movie/video game adaptation: It will either me amazing, or abso-fucking-lutely terrible. Given the nature of the Deus Ex story though, they should have something interesting enough to work with.

I'm scared. I think Deus Ex hinges on the (quite limited) mutability of the experience, presenting the world to you without preaching about how to view it. I fear a movie picking a side (likely Purity First) and pissing me right the fuck off.

Please by the nine divines let the be and let this be grand.
Adam Jensen may have never asked for this but I have.
I feel dirty for that.

Hevva:
CBS Films, the Los Angeles-based film studio responsible for movies including Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and The Woman in Black, has just acquired the rights to make a film based on Eidos Montreal's well-received cyberpunk outing Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

CBS Films? Doing Deus Ex?
And right there they lost me.

why all the hate for CBS? The Woman In Black is a fairly decent movie...

plus they have the guys from the studio who made the game keeping them on track...

The only way they could ruin this is if they got Michael "EXPLOSIONS" Bay to direct it and/or treated it like a normal action movie.

Good luck making your video game movie that will inevitably suck! Oh, what's that, you have the development team helping you out? Good, as soon as learn to make movies and not games maybe they can help you out!

Number one, this will probably fail. History has shown it is likely. I WANT to be wrong though.
Number two, will the audience get to pick their ending voice over? Really is the biggest failing of the game.
Number three, you (CBS Films) will use the song "New Black and Gold" during the credits or their will be consequences. *shaking fist at screen*

Give this to Uwe Boll and I swear I will go all Liam Neeson on your ass....

I hope they use the animation engine from the cut-scenes in the game rather than use live action.

I always thought it jarring when adaptations of games to movies used live action.

CBS Films

CBS? One of America's largest and oldest media empires? Whose logo is an all seeing eye?

(I don't actually believe that they are the Illumanati, but I have a friend who listens to too much Alex Jones and swears that CBS is one of the many and more prominent globalist oligarchs that is bold enough to brag about it's origins with symbols.

SacremPyrobolum:
I hope they use the animation engine from the cut-scenes in the game rather than use live action.

I always thought it jarring when adaptations of games to movies used live action.

Considering that Square Enix really wants to be a movie studio, and has tried it's hand with mixed critical and financial results through the Final Fantasy series (I blame the writing and acting) I think they should give it another shot using another IP and better writing and acting. I really enjoyed their Animatrix short, which proved they could make an enjoyable feature when people who understand English and human beings are involved.

Part of what makes Deus Ex so great is choice. You can choose how to play, how to interact with people, or where the story goes.
However, the design, story and characters are good enough to base a movie around. Let's just hope that they don't screw it up.
Also, it's going to be hard to get a voice actor as distinct as Elias Tousewhatevericantspellit. This is the problem with a lot of game movies where the in game voice actors are absolutely perfect.

EDIT: "Studio responsible for The Woman in Black"?
You just grabbed my enthusiasm by the throat and threw it through a window.
And then set the building on fire.

I'm not holding my breath, statistically video game films go into development hell 250% of the time and never come out.

Phishfood:
Give this to Uwe Boll and I swear I will go all Liam Neeson on your ass....

That got me to chuckle.

OT: I really hope this is good, if it is, then we've shown that you CAN make a good video game to movie adaptation.

After seeing some of the stuff the given studio is responsible for, im more likely to burn down all my local cinemas to spare them the torment of another one of thier movies.

And how the heck are they going to compress the plot into anything less than the mandatory 2-and-a-half-hours?

I'll save my excitement until they actually start filming. These movie licencing deals rarely amount to anything and, considering the quality of those few that have actually seen the light of day, it's probably for the best.

you know................ i think i had a nighmare like this once.

I am not holding my breath... How often have action-heavy videogames... or ANY videogames for that matter, yielded a good movie by the time hollywood was done crapping on the very core ideas of those games!

Ways to make this movie a success;
Don't involve any of the main characters in the game/series
Relate to the companies by having them on the news but don't directly involve them into the main plot (like the Security firm or Page Industries etc).
In essence have it clearly the world the game is based on, BUT don't involve the game in any way.
Get someone who can write something complex and does research (Aaron Sorkin and his uncredited crew) not the people who did 24 Hours - who are more familiar with the genre (who don't know jack about jack).

I'll just say it now:

We never asked for this.

Higher me! I can make all the turrets!

vallorn:
why all the hate for CBS? The Woman In Black is a fairly decent movie...

Woman in Black is an OK movie but the thing is, it was a great stage production, which the film doesnt even touch, and that is what i fear most for Deus Ex the movie, that it will be watchable, but loose so much of the magic that made the game great.

Since when have movie adaptions of video-games ever gone well?

The themes in Deus Ex could be great for a movie.

But if they try to re-make the plot of the game this movie WILL suck. Nothing about video games is compatible with a movie. Not the way they are told, not the length, not the perspective. Something that was exciting in the game could be boring as shit in a movie, because half the excitement in the game was that YOU did it. Also, character and costume design from video games will make even the highest budgets of movies look like they where made in a basement by 12 year olds.

If this movie is to be good they need to keep the themes, the setting and the general "ideas" behind the game(s) but scrap the entire plot and all the characters and make a new one, designed for the big screen rather than the xbox.

 

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