C. Robert Cargill on Deus Ex Film: "We're Not Making a Video Game Movie"

February 25, 2013

Eidos Montreal and CBS Films have been hard at work on the upcoming adaptation of the popular cyberpunk franchise, Deus Ex. In a recent interview with Crave Online, co-writer C. Robert Cargill confirmed that the film would be based primarily on the fourth game (first, chronologically) in the series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011).

“we’re not making a video game movie,” Cargill explained, “we’re making a cyberpunk movie.” The writer had a lot to say regarding what this meant for the overall direction and tone of the film:

We’ve taken a look at what’s worked in video games and what hasn’t, and really what we’ve broken down is what we think the audience really wants, [what] the audience that loves Deus Ex is going to want to see out of a Deus Ex movie. And it’s not a rehashing of the game. What they want to see is, they want to see elements of the game that they love, but they want to see things that they hadn’t quite seen in the game, that the game didn’t allow them to see. So it’s really allowed us to expand upon the things that happened in the game, and the game has such a great cinematic story to begin with that those elements are very easy to extract.

Influences on the Deus Ex film include District 9, Looper, and Inception. They have avoided putting in anything that would cause the film to resemble other notable cyberpunk films such as Johnny Mnemonic, New Rose Hotel, and Blade Runner – though Deux Ex: Human Revolution seemed to be influenced heavily by the latter. The writers have already turned in a draft and production seems to be on the fast track, for now.

A release window for the film has not been set at this time, but if shooting commences soon, 2014/15 is not out of reach.

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