In a best-case scenario, a videogame-based movie is a tricky proposition. The Resident Evil franchise is the peak of that particular subgenre, but the fact that they still keep cranking new chapters out is a source of minor amazement. Still, that hasn’t seemed to give studios pause when adapting games to the big screen. (Hell, if you can squeeze a movie out of the game of Battleship, you can get a film out of anything. At least most modern videogames already have a narrative and characters in place.)
There’s been talk of a film adaptation of Deus Ex since earlier this year, and now it is being reported that the team behind Sinister will bring this game to life. Writer/director Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill, have been tapped for the project by CBS Films.
The world of Deus Ex is full of omnipresent corporations who run the show, while the people are fond of excessive body modification that includes cybernetic enhancements. The game first appeared in 2000 from Eidos, though the film will use the 2011 prequel Deus Ex: Human Revolution as the “primary template.”
Human Evolution starts off begins in the early stages of the body-mod craze, in the year 2027. It also delves into the greater societal factors of the world that shape the age, including the economic, political, and cultural climate. The plot “follows Adam Jensen, an ex-SWAT security specialist who must embrace mechanical augments in order to unravel a global conspiracy.”
This is a solid set up, and there seems to be enough interesting threads and themes to make Deus Ex into an intriguing movie. A full story, detailed world, and internal folklore and logic are one thing, how Derrickson and Cargill execute this is another.