I never asked for a Deus Ex: Human Revolution live-action film, but after watching this teaser I'm pretty happy that someone is making it.
Update: Creator Moe Charif says Eidos Montreal has done more than just tweet a link to the teaser. "Eidos is supporting the project and has been very helpful. Initially I started this project with Machinima, and then they came on board once we launched the initial teaser," he said. The film, which will run about 13 minutes in total, has taken about a year and a half from pre-production to post, "but we love what we do so it was lots of fun," he added.
Charif also said that he's a big fan of Square Enix games like Tomb Raider and Hitman, and gravitated toward Human Revolution because he loves the character of Adam Jensen and finds the game world "very plausible."
"Technology is moving so fast that you're starting to see incredible breakthroughs in the areas of human augmentation. Artificial limbs, for example, are a great proof of that. If you lose your leg, arm, whatever, there are now replacements that were not available 10-20 years ago," he said. "I honestly think 15 years from now the world is going to have some major breakthroughs in robotics that will make it possible for people to replace lost limbs or even enhance themselves."
It's not easy making a live-action film based on a video game and it's quite possible that Moe Charif's short film based on Deus Ex: Human Revolution will ultimately just add to the pile of "seemed like a good idea at the time." Until its full release later this month, however, we can enjoy this teaser and all the hope it offers, because oh my, it is good.
"Although the film doesn't follow the narrative of the game exactly, it remains true to the theme while focusing on the relationship between Adam Jensen, and his ex-girlfriend Megan Reed, a scientist hand picked by Serif Industries to head Cybernetic Augmentations," the YouTube page states. "The film also taps, even if briefly, into Adam's mind and the struggle he faces in accepting his new reality."
Yes, I like it, and I'm not the only one: Deus Ex: Human Revolution developer Eidos Montreal tweeted a link to the trailer on YouTube, calling it "a film made by our fans, for our fans." The full-length Human Revolution short film comes out on March 25.