Deus Ex Goes Hollywood

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Deus Ex Goes Hollywood

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The Deus Ex: Human Revolution feature film project has a writer, a director and an acknowledgment that it actually exists.

Did anyone know that plans for a Deus Ex: Human Revolution film were in the works? It was news to me, although given the game's powerfully cinematic vibe it does seem like kind of an obvious thing in hindsight. In any case, the big screen translation is on, with some guy named Scott Derrickson at the helm.

Derrickson has actually been in the business for several years now, with writing and/or directing credits on films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister and the Keanu Reeves vehicle The Day the Earth Stood Still. Derrickson will direct the film and also write the screenplay in conjunction with his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill.

"Deus Ex is a phenomenal cyberpunk game with soul and intelligence," Derrickson said. "By combining amazing action and tension with big, philosophical ideas, Deus Ex is smart, ballsy, and will make one hell of a movie."

The announcement actually gives a nod to the original Deus Ex and burnishes its cred among fans by saying absolutely nothing about Invisible War, but says that last year's hit Deus Ex: Human Revolution will serve as "the primary template for the film." Leaving Deus Ex for the sequel, perhaps? Dare to dream!

No release window has been announced.

Source: CBS Films

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Inb4 "I didn't ask for this"
With a track record like that, this guy must have a very disarming personality.

My first thought when I read the title was "Please don't..."
In any case, we'll see how this turns out, if it actually makes it all the way through production.
If not, this wouldn't be the first video game movie that was never finished.
It looks like it would demand a pretty hefty budget.

Andy Chalk:
Derrickson has actually been in the business for several years now, with writing and/or directing credits on films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister and the Keanu Reeves vehicle The Day the Earth Stood Still. Derrickson will direct the film and also write the screenplay in conjunction with his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill.

Well, that was unfortunate.

... to be fair, I didn't think TDTESS was all that terrible.

Only if Elias Toufexis is cast as Adam Jensen. He embodies that role!

Just sayin'

I do think that the story would make a great movie, but what would they do about the endings?

On one hand, the world has a lot of ideas and potential for a movie. On the other hand, literally every videogame movie I've ever seen. Not super optimistic about this one.

I'm not sure Hollywood is ready to make interactive movies with plot points guided democratically by the decisiions of the audience. Oh, wait, they're not doing that? Then why bother with Deus Ex?

Well Sinister was pretty good, although Emily Rose was pretty dull. Never saw Day.

It could work as a movie, I just hope it doesn't wind up being another technophobes wet dream like Matrix and Terminator. That would fly in the face of what Deus Ex is all about.

Feels like it will just be like a 2 hour live action cut-scene where you don't get to interact.

RaeAlethea:
Only if Elias Toufexis is cast as Adam Jensen. He embodies that role!

Just sayin'

I do think that the story would make a great movie, but what would they do about the endings?

for once I do agree that he and only he should play the role, his voice just fits it so perfectly and he doesn't look half bad as a jensen himself.

Another day, another game adaptation. This could be good, or it could not. Either way I don't think the companies that own these properties really care. The whole point of making these is to try and drive up perceived brand value in order to drive up stock prices. This is why most of them turn out rather foul.

I'm honestly curious as to how it's going to turn out[1]. One thing is for sure right off the bat, though - the soundtrack is going to pale in comparison to that of the game.

Arkynomicon:
Feels like it will just be like a 2 hour live action cut-scene where you don't get to interact.

Yup, that's called a movie.

[1] Which is not to say hopeful about it. This guy's track record isn't the best, and neither is that of game-to-movie adaptations.

It's nice to see my boy Carlyle get work, and while I'm not enthralled with Derrickson I do like the visuals he uses, plus I liked the writing in Sinister so hopefully this can work

At last they don't try to ruin the original Deus-Ex. DX:HR is quite mediocre so I'm sort of not really annoyed by them trying to ruin it with a movie adaption. I can see why they want to make a movie about DX:HR. It's overly action oriented lacking the depth the original game had. That kind of depth they can not fit into a movie... generic action as in DX:HR though you can.

Eternal_Lament:
It's nice to see my boy Carlyle get work

Ditto, and he's established his geek bona fides with me, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

DVS BSTrD:
Inb4 "I didn't ask for this"

I totally asked for this. Deus Ex is easily one of the few games that could actually translate well to film because, as the writer said, deals with a lot of philosophical ideas as well as action, among other things. Though I wouldn't hold my breathe too much seeing as how good a story Max Payne had and how badly they butchered that.

I am cautiously optimistic

Could be good, could be very bad

I didn't a... damn... ninja'd...

Well, it certainly has the potential for a great movie, let's see how this turns out.

Video games don;t work... ever... sure movie can be about games... but they can't be the translation of a game from the computer to the tv... it just never works... and I don;t want to see my favorite game of this generation cinematically destroyed...<.<

Though Sinister wasn;t bad...

Besides... making Deus Ex into a movie... is like... making Deus Ex into a movie... it sort of misses the point...<.>

Bladerunner the remake?

EDIT: Before anyone asks.
Deus Ex was loosely based on Bladerunner (theme-wise).

Hoo yea, even though the movie will probably suck a trout I'm still gonna watch it, trench coat and indoor sunglasses galore.

If I had to make a precognitive guess at to how the movie will look, I'm thinking Equilibrium with more hacking and trench coats, if that's even possible.

LZeroK:
Bladerunner the remake?

well it's already getting a sequel...<.<

Though it doesn;t really need a remake... I mean Blade Runner has aged very well...

LZeroK:

EDIT: Before anyone asks.
Deus Ex was loosely based on Bladerunner (theme-wise).

Well yeah, I mean Blade Runner is one of the defining moments in the cyberpunk genre, even before it was an actual genre... sure there were plenty of books and such beforehand, plenty from Philip K Dick, which Blade Runner is based off of... but as far as the standardization of visual motifs and themes, that really didn;t start until Blade Runner and later Neromancer, where the term cyberpunk comes from...<.<

but pretty much all cyberpunk visuals are derived from Blade Runner... period... we tend to forget just how influential Blade Runner was, as far as visual design goes...<.<

RaeAlethea:
Only if Elias Toufexis is cast as Adam Jensen. He embodies that role!

Just sayin'

I do think that the story would make a great movie, but what would they do about the endings?

Well they could always make it an ambiguous ending... you know, leave the audience guessing, Inception style...<.<

Also, whether intentionally or not, the Adam's character design looks a lot like the games art director...<.<

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Waaghpowa:

DVS BSTrD:
Inb4 "I didn't ask for this"

I totally asked for this. Deus Ex is easily one of the few games that could actually translate well to film because, as the writer said, deals with a lot of philosophical ideas as well as action, among other things. Though I wouldn't hold my breathe too much seeing as how good a story Max Payne had and how badly they butchered that.

I agree that this is one of the rare few games that could actually work well as a movie. Personally I have two basic criteria's:

1. The game has a distinct tone or feel in that the brand can be recognized with an adapted script that breaks away from the game's story (see: Tomb Raider). This is necessary since you can't exactly cram a 10-30 hour game into a 2 hour movie, liberties must be taken.

2. The game uses a good setting/genre that is underutilized in Hollywood. Difference in quality/budget aside, Prince of Persia is a good idea because there's a lack of swashbuckling 'Arabian Nights' movies. Max Payne doesn't work because there's an endless amount of tough guy cop movies out there.

Deus Ex: HR should work great because it's flexible enough that you can adapt it to a movie script and there aren't a lot of good cyberpunk movies out there at the moment. So at this point whether the movie works or not depends on how much Hollywood is willing to invest in it, whether it gets a real budget with legit actors and film people or if they just push it aside and hand it the Uwe Boll treatment.

Sacman:

RaeAlethea:
Only if Elias Toufexis is cast as Adam Jensen. He embodies that role!

Just sayin'

I do think that the story would make a great movie, but what would they do about the endings?

Well they could always make it an ambiguous ending... you know, leave the audience guessing, Inception style...<.<

Also, whether intentionally or not, the Adam's character design looks a lot like the games art director...<.<

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Don't quote me on this, but I kind of remember him saying that he DID base the appearance on himself. I'd have to watch that "making of" movie that came with the game again. It was either based on him, or someone remarked at the similarities. Frankly, if I was an art director of a videogame, I'd put myself in there somewhere, but probably not as the main character. I mean, honestly, who'd want to play as me in a game?

Dunno what more I can add to this post. But for record... I'm still depressed that this is happening.

They HAVE to cast Jensen right. Even if the movie is good, miscasting the role would ruin it.

I would going to suggest Adrien Brody since he looks similar, but he doesn't have enough of a bad-ass, tough-guy persona.

Even though i'm pretty sick of him, Brad Pitt with dyed hair could pull it off. He's a good actor and has roughly the same build as Jensen and can definitely pull off the bad ass persona.

It was inevitable really. Best game (tied with Skyrim) of 2011 (and the last 12 months too) with a story that actually *had* a story, an identifiable aesthetic, interesting characters and enough *cool* to fill two games, it's better than anything Hollywood could come up with for the last few years. Most blockbusters now are based on comics, and even things like Lord of the Rings are cool. Games were the next logical step. Although in truth anyone who would go to see the film should just play the game. It's better, more immersive and interactive.

Now where's the Witcher film? Or Dragon Age? Or Alpha Protocol?

Eggbert:
...On the other hand, literally every videogame movie I've ever seen. Not super optimistic about this one.

You obviously haven't seen Wreck-it Ralph yet. Reviews are saying it's a rather good videogame movie. Of course I can only judge by reviews because it is NOT OUT IN AUSTRALIA UNTIL DECEMBER 25!

I love Deus Ex, and it could definitely work as a movie. I'm interested to see if this will be another DOOM, a surprise or maybe it just gets cancelled. Either way, I'm happy that movie audiences might get to hear this lore and story.

Also, that writer has made some objectionably bad things. Just saying.

I liked Sinister. It worked.

So... I'm cool with this. Best of luck to the team.

MichiganMuscle77:
They HAVE to cast Jensen right. Even if the movie is good, miscasting the role would ruin it.

I would going to suggest Adrien Brody since he looks similar, but he doesn't have enough of a bad-ass, tough-guy persona.

Even though i'm pretty sick of him, Brad Pitt with dyed hair could pull it off. He's a good actor and has roughly the same build as Jensen and can definitely pull off the bad ass persona.

I'd have to go with Timothy Oliphant in a casting decision. And I offer his turns in Deadwood and Justified as proof of his suitability.

We'll just ignore Hitman

A Deus Ex: HR movie could be awesome, just check the extended trailer for the game

The Deus Ex: HR book the Icarus effect would make a decent movie too. It is probably one of the few games that would make a good movie, probably because the game is very cinematic itself.

Keanu Reeves is going to play Adam Jenson.

I mean come on, whether you like or hate that fact, you know that there's a very good chance that I'm right. Serious, stylized cyberpunk dude, the guy at the helm worked with him before. Picture Keanu Reeves saying, "I never asked for this". Or any Jenson lines. You may still hate the idea, but you have to admit that it fits.

Personally, i'm cautiously optimistic. Deus Ex could work as a movie. It's stylized and cinematic enough that it could survive the translation intact. Besides, there are other cyberpunk movies that can guide them into the proper look and feel of the thing.

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