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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Watching Sinister, I never would have guessed that the creators — director Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill (aka Massawyrm at AICN) — would move on to tackle one of the most popular video game hits of the past twenty years.

The game series in question is Deus Ex, a set of first-person shooters that factors in many stealth and role-playing character elements as it drops players into a world characterized by giant corporations and extensive cybernetic body modification. The specific game in question is the latest release, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which acts as a prequel to the 2000 original and features the early days of human modification and the social, political, and economic changes that the technology threatens to push forward. Read More »

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 »