Just like the early attempts of comic book movies to break into the cinematic mainstream, video games are coming at the fore of pop culture trying to make it to theaters. Just like early comic movies, video game adaptations have been written off as either childish or bland rubbish. Whatever made the original tick, did not translate to the screen. Now it is “Deus Ex’s” turn at bat and the creators of this enterprise will look to the recent Sci-Fi flicks for inspiration.
The movie will be one of the cyberpunk, a sub-genre of science fiction. “We’re trying to break out, and really, the mold for the movies that we’re looking at…We’re looking at movies like ‘District 9’ and ‘Looper,’ and ‘Inception.’ Those are the molds of what we’ve been doing,” says writer C. Robert Cargill. “It’s… 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.”
His partner, Scott Derrickson, says that technology has finally caught up to make cyberpunk films and that “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” will be the first in a slew of films of this sub-genre. While referencing the three previous movies, Derrickson says: “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 filmmaking from a grounded, realistic point of view and made something with a fresh aesthetic.”
They went on two say that the two best video game adaptations thus far are “Mortal Kombat” and “Resident Evil,” adding that they aren’t great movies. Both believe that a new generation of film makers will make good movies based on video games having grown up to understand both the virtual and the cinematic.
“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. You know?’” says Derrickson. “I’m a big believer and I think Cargill is now, as well, that video games… 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.”
“Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is slated for a 2014 release.
Source: Crave Online