CBS Films secure the rights to Deus Ex

News Glen Chapman 11 Jul 2012 - 06:43
Deus Ex 3: Human Revolution

The immensely popular video game franchise Deus Ex is set to be adapted for the big screen, as CBS has won their long battle to secure the rights.

It's safe to say that the vast majority of films based on video games haven’t exactly turned out as fans would have hoped, with many of them bearing little resemblance to the properties they’re actually based on. The future of this type of adaptation is looking slightly more promising with this week’s announcement that Michael Fassbender is to star in and produce the Assassins Creed adaptation. That alone is a a clear statement of intent that the studio is looking to make a quality picture.

Hot on the heels of that announcement, it's been revealed that CBS has secured the rights to the Deus Ex franchise with the intention of focusing on the latest version of the game; Human Revolution. It centres on protagonist Adam Jensen’s experiences adjusting to nano-technology being used to rebuild his body, after an attack on the company where he’s employed as head of security leaves him badly injured. Once rebuilt Jensen searches for answers and soon finds himself unravelling a global conspiracy.

Terry Press the co-president of CBS Films had the following to say of the film: "As is clear from the wild success of the game, Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal know how to exceed their audience's expectations by engineering incredible worlds, 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." 

Apparently it took almost a year to work out the particulars of the deal so it’s fair to assume that the studio have some idea as to who they want to write and direct the project. More news on Deus Ex when we get it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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Hmmm....I think Assassin's Creed will be a lot easier to tackle than Deus Ex! There's a lot to be conveyed to the audience about the world, and it's easy for a game when you are the protagonist, but a film can't really make you the protagonist so will have to find other avenues to explore. Human Revolution was a good story though!

Human Revolution was great, like a blend of Robocop and Blade Runner, but part of what made it great was how well it presented the issue of augmentation and the fact it covered pretty much every base in terms of the socio-economics of the technology. I could easily see people reacting exactly as they did in the game in real life, should it ever come to pass.

That's an easier feat to achieve in a videogame, because you can populate a miniature world that the player can mosey around and explore themselves, but to achieve the same effect in film they're going to need a really smooth and well written story. It's a good choice for adaptation, though, so I shall remain optimistic.

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