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.
It Will Be Cyberpunk... [CraveOnline via PC Gamer]
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