It’s a truism that good video game adaptations are hard to come by, but as long as studios smell franchise potential they’ll keep trying. That’s turning out to be good news for fans, as “trying” in this case means hiring interesting talents to tackle favorite titles. One of the particularly intriguing ones coming up is the Deus Ex movie, which reunites Sinister director Scott Derrickson with writer C. Robert Cargill (a.k.a. AICN’s Massawyrm).

The duo signed on back in November, and while there’s no release date just yet the pair say the project is “moving like a rocket.” In a new interview, Derrickson and Cargill discuss their approach, namechecking District 9, Looper, and Inception as inspirations. Hit the jump to get their updates.

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Yesterday the big news was that Michael Fassbender will star in and produce a film based on the Assassin’s Creed game series. That led to hopes that Assassin’s Creed could become the first movie based on a video game that has any merit beyond the base spectacle of recreating game situations with real actors. That’s even though casting Fassbender doesn’t solve the problem of how to make the story work on screen.

Now CBS Films is getting into the game-turned-movie business by picking up the rights to Deus Ex. The prospective film will be based on the latest game in the series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, in which security expert Adam Jensen tries to discover the motivations that led to an attack on his biotech company. Jensen’s body is augmented with cybernetic devices that give him enhanced physical skills and nearly extra-sensory powers, and the storyline leads him across the globe through a web of corporate espionage.

So it’s your average game story, and an excellent framework for a game, with options that let players approach situations from several different angles. But as a film? Read More »