There hasn’t been a whole lot of talk about the upcoming Deus Ex film adaptation since the announcement back in November, but the creators are finally starting to discuss plans for bringing the sci-fi shooter to life.
Writers C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson, who recently worked on the horror hit Sinister, recently discussed their inspiration for the Deus Ex movie, explaining that they are looking at films such as Inception, District 9, and Looper in order to create an exceptional sci-fi film. Cargill stated:
Those are the molds of what we’ve been doing… Let’s push this and do something new with concepts people love, but tell a story that they’ve never seen before, that just melts their brain. And that is just hyperkinetic and smart and just hits all the right buttons that genre audiences want to see.
Derrickson is not only looking at the best of modern science-fiction, but at creating an entirely new sub-genre of film, thanks to modern technology. While the Cyberpunk genre has existed for years in video games and books, Derrickson believes that only today can a true Cyberpunk film be made.
Time travel, aliens arriving on Earth, going into the dream world… Those are all things that you’ve seen a dozen bad versions of and it dozen decent versions of that. But no one, until those three films, no one had gone into film-making from a grounded, realistic point of view and made something with a fresh aesthetic.
Both writers have a lot of optimism for the future of video game films, saying:
Cargill was really skeptical, I remember that. And Cargill said, ‘Oh no, video games movies always suck.’ And I said, ‘So did comic book movies, until they didn’t… I’m a big believer and I think Cargill is now, as well… Video games and cyberpunk, I’m hoping that there will be a new wave of both, because there’s amazing source material for great films there.
The adaptation of Deus Ex: Human Revolution is scheduled to be released in 2014.