Closing in on $50 million at the box office is Sinister, a respectable horror film from director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill. Considering the film was made for just a few million dollars, I’d call it a success. And, having seen it in theatres, I can say that it’s one of the better horror films I’ve seen in the past few years.
So, as is usually the case when a relatively unknown talent makes it big on a small budget, Derrickson and Cargill are now being handed the keys to a pretty hot property. CBS Films has hired the duo to write Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which is an adaptation of Square Enix’s popular videogame. Both individuals will write and Derrickson will direct.
“Deus Ex is a phenomenal cyberpunk game with soul and intelligence. By combining amazing action and tension with big, philosophical ideas, Deus Ex is smart, ballsy, and will make one hell of a movie. Cargill and I can’t wait to bring it to the big screen,” said Derrickson.
For those unfamiliar with the game, check out the summary below.
Game is set in 2027, when multinational corporations have grown beyond the control of national governments. Film will follow an ex-SWAT security specialist who must learn to embrace the high-tech prostheses that replace much of his body in order to unravel a global conspiracy that involves an attack on a biotechnology firm tied to developing human enhancements.
This news comes hot on the heels of announcements for
both a Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed film, both of which seem very promising. Usually, films based on videogames
rarely never work out. But, with Michael Fassbender leading Assassin’s Creed, Tom Hardy leading Splinter Cell and Derrick and Cargill behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution, it looks like the past trend may be broken.
It seems as if Hollywood has found a re-newed interest in movies based on games, and they want to do them right this time. If that’s the case, then that’s fine by me. There are a lot of games out there that would make great films and I, for one, am happy to see Hollywood not only getting behind some of these titles, but stocking them with some true talent.
What do you think? Can we move past duds like Doom and the Resident Evil series and start to see some truly good films based on games?