Yesterday saw the announcement of some of the coolest news all year, that rising star Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men: First Class) would be starring in and co-producing an Assassin’s Creed movie, based on the best-selling game franchise by Ubisoft. Now another exciting bit of videogame-to-movie news has come down the pike: CBS Films is working on a big-screen adaptation of the classic cyberpunk series Deus Ex.
According to IGN, the Deus Ex movie will stick closely to the storyline of last year’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which followed corporate security specialist Adam Jensen, who is implanted with extensive cybernetic modifications after nearly dying in a mysterious attack. Here’s the official logline they’ve released:
An ex-SWAT security specialist who must learn to embrace the high-tech prostheses that replace much of his body in order to unravel a global conspiracy that involves an attack on a biotechnology firm tied to developing human enhancements.
The Deus Ex franchise has been around since 2000, spawning both the acclaimed original installment designed by gaming legend Warren Spector and the disappointing sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War. Last year’s Human Revolution was actually a prequel, designed to give the franchise a fresh start by introducing a new story set in an earlier era, but still exploring many of the same themes as the first two games. While the original Deus Ex was set in 2052, Human Revolution ran the clock back to 2027, during the era when cybernetic prosthetics were just becoming commonplace.
Deus Ex movie producers Adrian Askarieh and Roy Lee say they’ll be working closely with the game designers at Eidos-Montreal. CBS Films co-president Terry Press had the following to say (consider it a Press release — hah!):
As is clear from the wild success of the game, Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal know how to exceed their audience’s expectations by engineering incredible worlds. 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.
The Deus Ex franchise definite has a rich mythology to draw from, but it will ultimately come down to execution. The good news is that Human Revolution is already hugely cinematic, as show in the below trailer. They’ve got a great launching pad; let’s just hope they don’t fly it straight into the ground.