CBS Films secures film rights to Deus Ex; will base project off Human Revolution
Despite the foul stigma typically associated with them, more and more video game movies are in development. A few months ago, we had news of a Twisted Metal movie in the works, and then came news recently of Ubisoft's talks with Paramount to bring Splinter Cell to the big screen, and then, just yesterday, we heard that Michael Fassbender would star in (and co-produce) an Assassin's Creed movie.
But as you can tell from the existence of this article, the film industry does not intend to stop there. Today, Variety reported that CBS Films has secured the film rights to the Deus Ex franchise from Square Enix. Producers Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh will be attached to the project.
For the movie (which will be based off the highly successful Deus Ex: Human Revolution), CBS Films will work very closely with developer Eidos-Montreal in adapting the game to the silver screen.
"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," said Terry Press, CBS Films' co-president. "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."
Likewise, Phil Rogers, CEO and President of Square Enix Europe, said: "As the millions of fans who have played the Deus Ex games for more than a decade will tell you, these games catapult you into a universe that is stimulating, engaging and relevant. We're firm believers in building strong partnerships, and so we're thrilled to be working with CBS Films on bringing the unique Deus Ex experience to the big screen."
It seems an encouraging sign that studios, like CBS Films, are talking about working more closely with developers than ever before. With more creative input from the creators, it stands to reason that the films will become better for it. Hopefully, this will lead to a future where that stigma I mentioned at the beginning will be all but forgotten. Sure, it's too early to say with certainty, as none of these movies are close to completion, but I am beginning to have hope for film adaptations of video games.
Do you agree with me? Disagree?
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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