Deus Ex is one of those franchises that have always had a certain presence in the pantheon of video games. While not exactly on the tip of the tongues of the collective audience with the most prolific tastes of Super Mario, fortniteand that one with the impostors and the vents and the like, he still likes to peek in once in a while like a really cool cicada with sunglasses on.
But not so long ago there was a time when Deus Ex was much more present in the general player lexicon, to the point where there was even a movie script that was doing the rounds for a while. It was around the time when Deus ex human revolutionthe retroactive prequel to the famous film by Warren Spector Deus Ex, enjoyed its time in the spotlight in the wake of its 2011 release. Many video game enthusiasts and other such enthusiasts will likely remember the prequel’s popularity. In fact, it’s almost surprising that it isn’t even more popular, given many real-world analogs to concepts like the series’ emphasis on human augmentation and oppression. But while the idea of a potential film adaptation might not be so surprising, there are some details that might raise an eyebrow or two.
For one thing, the script was concocted by none other than the future strange doctor director Scott Derrickson in 2012, with co-writer of the same film, C. Robert Cargill. Unfortunately, strange doctor has also become one of the main reasons why Deus Ex film project had to be abandoned. ” Get on with it strange doctor, that was the biggest drawback. The fact that I needed to get away Deus Ex. I couldn’t expect them to wait two years for me,” Derrickson told Empire at the time. After that, the Deus Ex the movie is effectively dead. But thanks to Scott Kinney, head of development for Prime Universe Productions, the 2014 draft script for the film is now out, and it really feels like human revolution. It probably even included a deus ex machina, as the movies can’t seem to resist those even to this day.
Naturally, things are sometimes a little different due to the inherent differences between film and video game mediums. For example, while the script begins with a clever quote from Albert Einstein, it also immediately transitions into a practice montage with lead character Adam Jensen, a bit less colorful and more nerve-wracking. Monsters Inc. There’s also an attack buildup at Jensen’s workplace, Sarif Industries, giving a little more insight into the intimidating augmented villains fans will remember from the game itself. But aside from a few other differences, like an encore practice montage with Jensen’s new augmentations that mirror the opening scene, the rest seems to follow the original. human revolution story close enough.
As for the casting, the project has never gone so far. But according to Kinney, he had a few ideas in mind from the start of production. AvatarStephen Lang was his first choice to play the burly gun-wielding Barrett (apparently named after the hand-similar character of the same name from Final Fantasy VII). But maybe his choice to play Adam Jensen was perhaps more interesting. Kinney says he would have chosen A star is born and guardians of the galaxy star Bradley Cooper to play the brooding protagonist who notoriously didn’t ask for this.
It would have been fascinating to see this project come to fruition. Many might not expect a game as packed with choices as Deus ex human revolution to translate well on screen. But aside from lethal vs. non-lethal and the infamous “choose one of these buttons” ending, most of the actual decisions are relegated to side content. So while the project hasn’t seen any signs of a revival, perhaps this little moment of exposure could reignite interest. There’s always room for some edgy cyberpunk fun in the movie world, and coming from the director of strange doctorthe world may have been deprived of something truly mind-blowing (or at least bizarre enough to make great YouTube videos out of it).
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Source: USA Today, Empire
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