Could the videogame movie be making a comeback?
Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) has signed up to helm a feature film adaptation of the 2011 videogame Deus Ex: Human Revolution, CBS Films announced Thursday. He will also pen the script with Sinister screenwriter C. Robert Cargill.
The Square Enix game — a prequel to 2000’s Deus Ex, and 2003’s Deus Ex: Invisible War — follows Adam Jensen, a security chief at a huge multinational corporation whose body is augmented with cybernetic improvements after a brutal attack.
“Deus Ex is a phenomenal cyberpunk game with soul and intelligence,” Derrickson said in a statement. “By combining amazing action and tension with big, philosophical ideas, Deus Ex is smart, ballsy, and will make one hell of a movie.”
The announcement follows news that Tom Hardy has signed onto a feature film version of the popular Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell game franchise, and that the movie version of Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender had landed a production company. All of these projects are still several steps away from making it into production, but with the game-themed animated film Wreck-It Ralph already passing $100 million at the domestic box office, the future of the videogame movie is looking brighter than it has in ages.