Duke Nukem Headed to Hollywood With Max Payne Producer
One of the most well-known classic video games is now headed to the big screen - Duke Nukem. The game first arrived on PC way back in 1991 and has since gone on to become one of the most well-known shooters that helped launch the action genre into the mainstream. Producer Scott Faye, who is currently finishing Max Payne, is working on adapting this video game and promises that "I'd rather not make the movie than make a poor adaptation." Faye's still developing the story and doesn't want to shop it around Hollywood until "until all the people involved in the project feel solid about where we are creatively." I thought Return to Castle Wolfenstein was the only classic game being adapted at the moment, but I guess I was wrong.
Although there aren't too many solid details on this yet, Faye did explain to Kotaku that "I'm working diligently at making a Duke Nukem movie scenario that will live up to the character and its importance in the videogame world." As we all know, video game movies have yet to prove themselves, and I fear Max Payne still isn't going to be the movie that will change our minds. Even Faye knows that games and movies are two different mediums that work quite differently. "Of course, a game is a game and a film is a film, and decisions need to be made, as is the case in any adaptation. But it’s important to be true to the source material." He can go on and on about how to adapt games and the time being right and so on, but it comes down to the story more than anything and whether it lives up to the game.
"Frankly, if I'm going to play a videogame based on a feature film, the last thing I want to do is play through the film narrative. If it's an interesting universe, it's an interesting universe," Faye says. Thanks again to our friends at Kotaku for breaking this news, as it's always intriguing to hear about the next big video game adaptation. As iconic and memorable as the character and name of Duke Nukem is, I can't even remember what the story was about. And that definitely may be a problem considering the story is so important here. Maybe I just need a refresher, but is the story in Duke Nukem good enough to be manhandled by Hollywood and still come out entertaining? I just really hope Duke Nukem isn't the next Doom. Thoughts?