Deus Ex: Human Revolution Hitting the Big Screen
To add to a recent trend of games-turned-movies, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is heading to the big screen, too.
For those who aren’t familiar with the amazing success of Human Revolution, it is a prequel to the Deus Ex franchise, set in 2027. It features a protagonist with enhanced features and mechanical augmentations in a cyberpunk era. The game follows a series of gripping political events, in a future where wealthy corporations have become more powerful than the government.
CBS has been working with producers Roy Leww and Adrian Askarieh on the project, after acquiring full rights to the franchise from Square Enix. Terry Press, the Co-President of CBS Films, has pledged to work alongside the Eidos-Montreal development studio that produced Deus Ex: Human Revolution. CBS Films representatives Maria Faillace, Alex Gino and John Middleton will be working on the project. For most of us, it might seem a whole list of potentially meaningless names, but basically, this project is being taken very seriously.
Deus Ex is a franchise that stays true to the laws of the role-playing world – players have an abundance of control over their characters, their actions and the story they choose to play. Essentially, the studio who intends to support the movie – CBS Corp. – have full control over the story they choose to tell. There is no definite script and no set series of events that the game must conform to.
The pending movie has already been quite poorly received by fans of the franchise, due to a predicted failure. A fan on a somewhat popular Deus Ex forum said the following, “Soon they will announce a somewhat respectable director and then a few months after we forgot the movie was a thing we will all be reminded of it when the director backs out of the project and an inexperienced director takes his place.” This rings a little too true to the habits of games-turned-movies.
Since the games are such unique experiences between alternate players and the main protagonist is quite customizable, it’s hard to say what the main character will even be like. Many are predicting the tough, brooding, edgy hero with little character outside of a general distrust for those in higher power. Time will tell, or maybe not.