The Entertainment Weekly article announcing that director Scott Derrickson would be at the helm of a “Deus Ex” adaptation for CBS Films asks if video game movies are headed for a comeback. That questions starts from a false premise since the majority of video game movies have been consistently awful, most of them lurching to the screen after years of protracted development. What we’re in the midst of now is a rush by studios to capitalize on gaming after seeing how much money the comic industry has been able to rake in with its properties over the last few years.
Gaming hasn’t really had it’s big budget, worldwide phenomenon a la “The Avengers,” but that’s not stopping the people with the money from throwing big name actors and available directors at these properties until something sticks.
So we have “Sinister” director Scott Derrickson re-teaming with that film’s writer, C. Robert Cargill, in an adaptation of last year’s “Human Revolution.” Derrickson is quoted as saying “Deus Ex is a phenomenal cyberpunk game with soul and intelligence,” and that “By combining amazing action and tension with big, philosophical ideas, Deus Ex is smart, ballsy, and will make one hell of a movie.”
I haven’t seen “Sinister” yet, but word among some of the horror cognescenti is that this reverse found footage movie was fairly solid in its premise while struggling to make the film’s villain a possible franchise starter. “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” would see Cargill and Derrickson introducing viewers to cybernetcially-enhanced security man Adam Jensen and a wide-ranging conspiracy involving human augmentation.
No word on any actors attached to the project or a proposed start date for shooting.
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