We found out in July that CBS Films was developing a movie based on the hit Eidos and Square Enix video game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Now comes word that the studio has brought in the team behind the recent horror movie hit Sinister to bring the movie to life. Scott Derrickson will direct, as well as write the script along with C. Robert Cargill, who’s better known to some as Massawyrm from Ain’t It Cool News.
The game is set in a future overrun by human augmentation—the ability to improve yourself with mechanical implants. It follows Adam Jensen, a security specialist who’s almost killed when the company he works for is attacked. He’s only saved by a great deal of augmentation to his body, and, once fully healed, he gets back to work. His first job back involves infiltrating and trying to stop a hostage situation, which turns out to be only the first step in uncovering a worldwide conspiracy.
Of the news, Derrickson had this to say:
“Deus Ex is a phenomenal cyberpunk game with soul and intelligence. By combining amazing action and tension with big, philosophical ideas, Deus Ex is smart, ballsy, and will make one hell of a movie. Cargill and I can’t wait to bring it to the big screen.”
Although Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the most recent of the games in the series (and one of my personal favorite games of recent memory), it’s also a prequel to the older titles. If the movie does really well and they choose to make sequels, the option to adapt the other games will be there.
Before Derrickson and Cargill even took the meeting regarding the movie, they made sure to play Human Revolution in full, which is an excellent sign. You can’t make a faithful video game movie without understanding the game itself, and these gentlemen clearly take their job seriously and aren’t just looking for a paycheck.
There’s no doubt in my mind that a Deus Ex movie, if handled properly, could offer an incredible sci-fi/cyberpunk world that moviegoers haven’t seen since Blade Runner. It won’t be easy—especially if there’s a limited budget—but I have higher hopes for this video game movie than any other that’s been attempted.
What do you fans of the game feel is crucial to the movie’s success? Who do you want to see play the Adam Jensen/lead character?