For those who had trouble digesting the news about a video game adaptation of Ubisoft’s highly-acclaimed Assassin’s Creed franchise in the making and a writer getting hired for the God of War movie, here is another intriguing bit of information for them to chew on.
CBS Films has acquired the rights to work on Square Enix’s 2011 sci-fi action-adventure video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Details about the untitled Deus Ex film are already starting to pour in. The production team that will work on bringing the third title in the franchise, which is actually a prequel, to Hollywood will include Roy Lee and Andrian Askarieh. John P. Middleton, who is currently busy with a number of projects that include the super-natural horror film 7500, has been given the role of executive producer.
Lee is well-known for his work on the Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon starrer The Departed as well as the immensely popular horror film The Ring. Askarieh has already earned a great deal of respect in the film industry through his work on Hitman, which is also an adaptation of Square Enix’s video game. There is very little reason to doubt the quality of the upcoming film with the responsibility of production lying in the hands of such capable producers.
The production team will be working closely with Square Enix as well as the developer of the game, Eidos Montreal, to ensure that the film experience is real close to its source of inspiration.
“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, co-president of CBS Films. “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.”
So far, there have been no reports about who will be serving as the director of the film. The cast members are also yet to be announced.
The upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution film will stick with the plot featured in game that was released in August 2011. The high-profile video game adaptation will revolve around Adam Jensen who got hired as a security director at Sarif Industries, a growing bio-technology firm. A terrorist attack at the Detroit-based head-quarters of the firm mortally wounded the main protagonist, consequently forcing him to undergo major life-saving surgeries. With most of his body replaced with high-tech prostheses, Jensen sets out on a mission to seek out those responsible for the attack on Sarif Industries. In the process, he ends up unravelling a global conspiracy that ties the attack on the firm to a human enhancement movement.
While video game adaptations have a history of not doing well at the box office or with the critics, it seems that the trend is about to change with video game companies and studios seemingly taking the transition much more seriously.