So it looks like we're still getting that Deus Ex movie, whether we like it or not. The tragic history of film adaptations of videogames makes me less than enthused about the project; however, the setting and philosophical quandaries of Deus Ex: Human Revolution do make for an interesting set-up, even if I felt that the game itself dealt with them in a rather lackluster fashion.
C. Robert Cargill, who has been working on the screenplay, and director Scott Derrickson attempted to put folks' minds at ease in a recent interview with CraveOnline. "The chief philosophy is we’re not making a video game movie, we’re making a cyberpunk movie," Cargill explained. Seeing as that I love the latter and despise the former, it's certainly reassuring to hear this -- if it actually turns out to be true.
Cargill has been doing a spot of research in an effort to avoid the many mistakes made by other videogame movies. "We’ve taken a look at what’s worked in video games and what hasn’t, and really what we’ve broken down is what we think the audience really wants, [what] the audience that loves Deus Ex is going to want to see out of a Deus Ex movie. And it’s not a rehashing of the game."
Since cyberpunk isn't exactly a genre that has seen much love in cinema, Cargill and Derrickson have been drawing inspiration from other recent science-fiction flicks that attempt to do something a wee bit different.
"We’re looking at movies like District 9 and Looper, and Inception," Cargill clarified. "Those are the molds of what we’ve been doing. It’s… Let’s push this and do something new with concepts people love, but tell a story that they’ve never seen before, that just melts their brain."
Derrickson believes that now is the time when cyberpunk movies can really do well. "There’s a reason we haven’t had a great cyberpunk movie yet. There’s a reason why a sci-fi movie as great as Neuromancer has never made it to the screen. I do think there’s a new wave coming, and not just because the technology and the effects are up to speed, but I think that there’s a sensibility to cyberpunk that the movies are catching up with.
If they truly are just using the setting and some of the themes from Human Revolution, I could actually get onboard. Trans-humanism is a fascinating subject, and Eidos Montreal did a pretty good job in creating their near-future dystopia, but I fret that it may devolve into some horrible action-packed spectacle more reminiscent of Human Revolution's boss battles rather than the title's more thought-provoking moments.
|8:40 AM on 11.03.2011|
Eidos admits Deus Ex: Human Revolution bosses were weak
It was a fantastic game, but that didn't stop gamers getting incredibly angry over one small portion of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The overwhelming conversation surrounding Eidos' game concerned the boss battles and how bad t...more
|2:30 PM on 10.28.2011|
Extra Life marathon raised $1.1 million for CMN Hospitals
Another year and another successful Extra Life gaming marathon has concluded; and after tallying up all of the donations made thanks to the effort of over 24,000 gamers across North America, Extra Life has surpassed ...more
|6:30 PM on 10.18.2011|
New trailer for Deus Ex DLC The Missing Link
Dug Deus Ex: Human Revolution and want more? The Missing Link downloadable content is now available in North America for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It's available for 1200 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360, and $1...more
|8:30 PM on 09.26.2011|
Eidos walks us through Deus Ex's 'The Missing Link'
In this video, we're guided through parts of "The Missing Link," an October-bound add-on for Deus Ex Human Revolution. Described as being five hours worth of content in which Adam is trapped on a cargo ship, this expansion a...more
|6:30 PM on 09.23.2011|
Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC, no more outsourcing
Good news, everyone! The upcoming DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution -- The Missing Link, is being made completely in-house. There will be a boss battle, but Grip Entertainment aren't having anything to do with it. It will tak...more
|1:15 PM on 09.19.2011|
Deus Ex: Human Revolution's boss fights were outsourced
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was released last month, but people are still banging on about the boss fights. The latest revelation in the BOSSAGEDDON saga is that the fights weren't developed by Eidos Montreal, having instead be...more
|8:00 AM on 09.16.2011|
Deus Ex: Human Revolution adds Star Wars ads (Update)
[Update: I've been informed that the ads weren't "patched in" via any new update. The functionality was always there and it just seems that it's recently started throwing the ads out there.] In a move that can be filed under ...more
|12:30 PM on 09.12.2011|
Deus Ex: Human Revolution bound for Mac this winter
Eidos Montreal is partnering with Feral Interactive to put out a Mac version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. As far as relevant details go, about all that's public so far is the "winter 2011/12" release target. If Feral doesn't...more
|4:00 PM on 09.11.2011|
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360/PS3) for $34.99 on Amazon
Right now, Amazon is selling the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Deus Ex: Human Revolution at the $34.99 sweet spot. Those determined to play the title on PC aren't getting quite as nice a deal, with digital copies goi...more
|9:28 AM on 05.17.2013|
Oracle of Ages and Seasons discounted at launch on eShop
Nintendo announced today during their Nintendo Direct event that The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will be $4.99 for three weeks (down from the price of $5.99) after the June 30th launch. This is basi...more
|7:00 PM on 05.16.2013|
Amazon kicks off massive sale on PC and Mac games
Left unchecked, Amazon's new Digital Games Mayhem promotion will devour our wallets in exchange for a library of PC/Mac titles that we probably won't even play frequently. The sale extends through the rest of the month, so yo...more
|2:45 PM on 05.16.2013|
Kingdom Hearts 3D is only $10 at Best Buy today
I don't know what it is about Square Enix games, but they always feel like they cost too damn much. This is especially true of the handheld titles -- I refused to pick up Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy for $39.99, waiting instead...more