More details about Deus Ex movie emerge: to be cyberpunk first, game movie second

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

By on February 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

The writers of the upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution movie are keen to make sure it doesn’t devolve into a slavish video game adaptation, according to a new interview with Crave Online.

“Yeah. Yeah, the chief philosophy is we’re not making a video game movie, we’re making a cyberpunk movie,” says C. Robert Cargill. “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.”

Cargill goes on to explain that Deus Ex makes for a great cyberpunk movie because it really gets cyberpunk.

“At its core, we just keep telling each other, ‘We’re not making a video game movie, we’re making a cyberpunk movie.’ And Scott and I are such big cyberpunk fans from way back in the day that that just really charges us up. Because that’s what’s so great about Deus Ex to begin with, is it really gets cyberpunk. Eidos Montreal really understood the nature of cyberpunk and made ‘the’ cyberpunk game, and it is just fantastic, and we’ve just had a great time adapting it.

Cargill and fellow writer Scott Derrickson used the interview to cite movies like Looper and District 9 as inspirations for how they plan to approach the movie.

Source: Crave Online via Blue’s News

12 comments (Leave your own)

I never asked for this.


I just hope that isn’t code for “We are making another Resident Evil movie”.

While video game movies do not have the best of reputations, detaching from game world is not a recipe for instant success either.


Looking at the screen writer’s and director’s history, I’m not filled with confidence.


‘what we think the audience really wants’

This sentence to me always forebodes a disappointing game (or movie in this case).



Statements like that remind me of my mate who went through the Mr Minit retail training. The X number of steps to getting a sale thing. One of the steps was “ask customer what they want”. The next step was “decide what the customer really wants” or something like that. When my mate told me this he wasn’t terribly impressed either.


Part of me is going to think the linear nature of a film will take all the fun out of Deus Ex.


I never asked for this.


I would love to see a really high concept movie based on the first game, which IMHO had a much more cinematic feel and plot.

Human Revolution: the movie will presumably be 2 hours of Ethan Hawke hiding behind a dumpster in a futuristic alley.

Bugalugs McScruffin


Statements like that remind me of my mate who went through the Mr Minit retail training.The X number of steps to getting a sale thing.One of the steps was “ask customer what they want”.The next step was “decide what the customer really wants” or something like that.When my mate told me this he wasn’t terribly impressed either.

You were surprised by this? If you are talking to a sales person in the first place you are likely in one of two situations. You are asking a specific question about a product you already know about or you are looking to buy ‘something’. If you know about the product you are just looking for clarification and you know what you want. If you are looking to buy a nebulous ‘something’ you probably do not actually know what you want to buy.

I’m interested to see what they turn up. I think they are going in the right direction, building on the world and characters instead of mimicking the game, but we will see what they end up doing with it.


I think we already had the best possible Deux Ex esque movie quite a while ago, It was called ‘Blade Runner’. Since the chances of anything 50% as good as an 80s sci fi like the above occurring are vanishingly small, I’m gonna ignore this.

Given the ability of large scale Hollywood sci fi to be nothing more than a confused looking Colin Farrel obscured by way too many post production blue filters, I’ll let guy off the hook for the things he’s undoubtedly about to perpetrate.

What they should do is ignore games, and make Dredd a thing, like James Bond. Every 5 years or so we get a new. punchy little self contained movie wherein Dredd solves the crime and defeats the bad guy. It’d be like Poirot for the modern hyper-violent set (the mystery component being which type of ammo Dredd chooses to use). This is about the level of complexity current screenwriters seem to be able to manage.competently right now.

Let’s be honest, if we get a low budget ‘Deus Ex’ movie we’ll end up with something dumb and sh*t, like ‘Doom’. If we get a big budget Deus Ex movie we’ll get something vaguely confusing, up it’s own arse and sh*t, like ‘Prometheus.’


Holy cow did he want to say the word Cyberpunk any more?

In 201 words he said cyber punk 6 times….
That is just stupid.


Call me crazy, but if they are looking long term, the best approach imho would be to start with Invisible War , then Deus Ex, and Human Revolution last as a trilogy.

Probably way too much to ask for , but would make the entire timeline and story easily understandable.


Hmmm, after looking at the writers and producers credits, i am expecting this to be crap.
One of the producers credits include 14 remakes of old movies, a lego movie yet to be made and a remake of stephen kings it , also yet to be made…
All of these guys appear to be remake/rehash/sequel guys…. arrrghhhhh!

There is no way they are getting the kind of money they need to make this good.


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