'Sinister' Writer and Director to Bring Cyberpunk Game Series Deus Ex to the Big Screen

'Sinister' Writer and Director to Bring Cyberpunk Game Series Deus Ex to the Big Screen

Nov 15, 2012

Update: Reports today indicate that the Sinister duo of director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill will team up to bring Deus Ex: Human Revolution to the big screen. Read our original report from Peter Hall below, which explains more about the game and its influences.

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7/10/12: Yesterday brought news that Ubisoft had shacked up with Michael Fassbender to make an Assassin's Creed movie, but that's not the only video game series making the transition to the silver screen this week. Variety is reporting that CBS Films will partner with Square Enix to turn the much revered Deux Ex series into a hopeful film franchise.

Specifically, the entry in the series they'll be adapting is Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the third title in the series so far (not the second, as Variety reports). And it makes sense to start with the third. Not only is it the most recent and most popular, but it's actually a prequel to the other two games and sets up a world in which humans are becoming increasingly obsessed with and dependent upon bio-mechanical augmentation. The player takes on the role of Adam Jensen, head of security for Sarif Industries, one of the world's foremost developers of the nanotechnology making everyone's superhuman abilities possible.

On the eve of a new, huge tech breakthrough, Sarif is attacked, its leading scientist kidnapped and Jensen shot in the head. He then undergoes a RoboCop-esque procedure of cybernetic implants, making him more human than human and the perfect candidate to go find out who was behind the attack. There's even a funny moment in the game that directly references the Verhoeven classic and obvious partial inspiration for some of the game's ideas:

Variety does say that CBS Films is working closely with Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal (where DX:HR was developed) to make sure the movie is worthy of the game, "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."

So while we're sure producers Adrian Askarieh and Roy Lee won't be including the RoboCop reference in the film (with a remake on the way, it's particularly unlikely they'll tip their hat to a competing sci-fi film, but does that means they'll go so far as to change its Detroit setting?), hopefully that means the rest of the film will at least retain much of the game's personality; a sort of fascinated yet jaded look at the future and human's dependency on technology in our daily lives.

The big question is, of course, who will play Adam Jensen?

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