Scott Faye, the producer on the oh-so-hot-looking Max Payne movie, has hooked up with 3D Realms to put together a Duke Nukem flick.
Faye has partnered with Scott Miller, founder and CEO of Apogee Software (better known as 3D Realms) to bring videogaming’s most famous meathead to the big screen. “I’m working diligently at making a Duke Nukem movie scenario that will live up to the character and its import in the videogame world,” he told Kotaku. “As is the case with all of my game adaptations, I’d rather not make the movie than make a poor adaptation.”
Faye is still developing the story, he said, but he won’t be shopping the film until everyone involved “feels solid” about the movie’s direction. He added that Radar Group, Miller’s “Game Industry 2.0” production company, will be part of “every aspect of the Duke Nukem process,” and that he plans to remain faithful to the current Duke Nukem story. “We’re expanding Duke’s ‘storyverse’ in a very significant major way without abandoning or negating any element that’s being used to introduce Duke to the next-gen platforms,” he said.
“Why go out of your way to acquire an IP if you’re not going to use as much of it as you can in the adaptation process?” Faye continued. “Of course, a game is a game and a film is a film, and decisions needs to be made, as is the case in any adaptation. But it’s important to be true to the source material.”
At this very early stage of the development process there’s naturally not even speculation about when a Duke Nukem movie might hit the screens, but I’d still like to take a moment to be the first to congratulate Miller and everyone else at 3D Realms for their decision to make this movie. It takes real balls to dick around with a game’s development for over ten years – an entire frikkin’ decade – and then, while the thing still exists only as a faint hope in the imaginations of the most optimistic gamers, announce you’re jumping into a movie project based on that same property. I salute you, sir; you have very possibly the biggest and brassiest of them all.