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Deus Ex: Human Revolution film writer C. Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson recognize that many video game movies aren't great, which is why they aren't trying to make a movie version of the game.
Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) is directing the upcoming Deus Ex film based on the game while writer C. Robert Cargill (Sinister) is handling the script. During an interview with Crave Online Cargill said, "The chief philosophy is we’re not making a video game movie, we’re
making a cyberpunk movie. 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."
Later on, Cargill added, "We’re trying to break out, and really, the mold for the movies that we’re looking at… We’re looking at movies like District 9 and Looper, and Inception. Those are the molds of what we’ve been doing."
That all sounds pretty good, but it's one thing to say that you want to make a good film, and another to actually make one. We'll see what happens, because we're hoping for the best with this one. In the meantime, check out a teaser for the upcoming movie here.
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This is totally pointless. The game is more than a movie can ever be. They should just NOT call it Deus Ex, make something original-ish in the same vain, and leave it at that.
I think the success of a video game movie depends largely on it's source material. People will judge a movie based on it's original property if they are familiar with it (which is one of the reason the mario movie was such a flop). I think that Deus Ex is a great source material, and that, under the proper director, it would make a fantastic movie, assuming it actually stayed with the original game's feel.
Here's hoping it goes well, Deus Ex really seems like the type of universe where a conspiracy, thriller, or action movie could do well. Combine all of those properly, and then it's practically a Deus Ex game, just not in your control.
Sounds like a good combo.
These two might be the redeeming factor for game movies, but can I point out silent hill, Max Payne and resident evil...
That's good to hear. I loved both of those movies.
I'm glad these guys seem to understand how to present the themes of the game into a different medium. Too many directors either try to just make a pure adaptation that doesn't fit film, or ignore everything good about the game series and go too far in the other direction.
dont make a movie with just stupid action and people killing each other
Yeah, because the problem with video game movies is that they're all just too darned faithful to the source material... Uh-huh...