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CBS set to adapt the dystopian, cyberpunk-themed videogame Deus Ex

07.10.2012by: Andy Madrzak

It looks like videogame movies are coming back in a big way. Following the recent news of a Michael Fassbender-starring ASSASSIN'S CREED, CBS Films has announced that the studio had picked up the film rights to the DEUS EX series. Terry Press, co-president at CBS Films had this to say on inking the deal:

"As is clear from the wild success of the game, Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal know how to exceed their audience's expectations by engineering incredible worlds. 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."

Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh will produce, with John P. Middleton executive producing. The good news is that Askarieh was involved with videogame adaptations before. The bad news - it wasn't a particularly good one (HITMAN). While the DEUS EX franchise has been around for over a decade, I'm guessing it was the staggering success of the latest installment, HUMAN REVOLUTION, that worked as a major incentive. Here's its official synopsis:

The cyberpunk- influenced Deus Ex: Human Revolution occurs during the year 2027, 25 years or so prior to Deus Ex. Nanotechnological augmentations have yet to be produced and structural augmentations are classified as the latest technology. The key character, Adam Jensen, is a individual security official with Sarif Industries, a number one firm who specializes in human augmentations. Following he witnesses an assault on his firm which results in him horrifically wounded and made to undertake augmentation to live, “the conspiracy starts.” The player is going to go to 5 cities during the period of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, such as Detroit, Montreal along with Shanghai. Additionally, the character can have his own condo where he could keep his important things as well as gathered info. The occasions in the game will certainly lead to the formation of UNATCO from the original game.

While the series is primarily known for its unique gameplay mechanics and the level of freedom it grants the player, its story and setting could certainly make a good movie. We'll look forward to learning more on the project.

Extra Tidbit: As far as casting Adam Jensen goes, I've got two words for you: Christian Bale.

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5:08PM on 07/10/2012
My movie is augmented...
The Deus Ex universe could potentially create a great movie, but it could also create a terrible movie that would piss off fans of the games. It worries me that they are only referring to Human Revolution - calling it "the game" - it seems they are unaware that there were two previous games. Admittedly the second was average, but the original was one of the best games of all time and arguably had stronger story and characters. My fear is that this is just an attempt to
My movie is augmented...
The Deus Ex universe could potentially create a great movie, but it could also create a terrible movie that would piss off fans of the games. It worries me that they are only referring to Human Revolution - calling it "the game" - it seems they are unaware that there were two previous games. Admittedly the second was average, but the original was one of the best games of all time and arguably had stronger story and characters. My fear is that this is just an attempt to cash in on the success of Human Revolution, and they will just pick a compliant hack director. Obviously I hope that doesn't happen. Nolan could do the story justice, although Alex Proyas would seem an obvious choice with his track record in dystopian sci-fi, while Cronenberg could do wonders with the body-horror and identity issues of augmentation. Of course, I'm only dreaming - it's CBS films, so we'll probably get a music-video director. So let's just hope it's a music video director who actually cares about the game.
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4:02PM on 07/10/2012
Will believe it when I see something from it. How many properties get bought up and never see the light of day? I Bale could pull it off. He did well in Equilibrium, and I see a lot of similarities between this and that film. I'd be more concerned about the director choice. The last thing I really want is another second rate director taking the reigns on something like this. If they could get Nolan for this, that would be just awesome. I realize he's kind of top tier, and a video game
Will believe it when I see something from it. How many properties get bought up and never see the light of day? I Bale could pull it off. He did well in Equilibrium, and I see a lot of similarities between this and that film. I'd be more concerned about the director choice. The last thing I really want is another second rate director taking the reigns on something like this. If they could get Nolan for this, that would be just awesome. I realize he's kind of top tier, and a video game adaptation might be out of his league, but the Deus Ex story is incredibly deep, so maybe he could craft this into a really good film.
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