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'Sinister' Writer and Director Reteam for 'Deus Ex: Human Revolution'

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November 15, 2012

Deus Ex Machina - Human Revolution

Looks like the team behind Sinister is getting the band back together, but not for a sequel to this year's horror thriller (yet). According to a press release, director Scott Derrickson and his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill are heading in a new direction and will tackle Deus Ex: Human Revolution for CBS Films. Based on the 2011 video game, the story follows an ex-SWAT security specialist who must come to grips with new technology of mechanical augmentation being installed in humans in order to reveal a worldwide conspiracy. The game has received worldwide critical acclaim since its release, so no pressure.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the latest in the growing trend of video games being adapted for the screen with high quality talent attached. Just yesterday, The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy was attached to a long-in-development Splinter Cell film, and Michael Fassbender is ready to produce and star in a film based on the Assassin's Creed video game series. The story also sounds like it shares some similarities with Stephan Zlotescu's excellent short film True Skin (which is now getting a feature of its own) with the mechanical augmentations that the lead character must face here.

Derrickson's list of upcoming projects is growing steadily, as he recently signed on to direct Stephen King's The Breathing Method as well as lead Eric Bana through a paranormal police story with Beware the Night. I was wondering what was happening with Cargill when news came out that Derrickson would write Beware the Night with Paul Boardman, but I'm glad the former Ain't It Cool News writer is re-teaming with the director for this one.

Video game movies, as you all know, have become something of a joke in the industry over the past few decades, but with the recent success of Wreck-It Ralph (not technically a video game movie, but you get the point) and all of these A-listers signing on to video game projects, perhaps we're seeing the beginning of a genre boom like we did with comic book movies a decade ago. No actors are attached to Deus Ex at this point, but we'll keep you posted with casting news as it becomes available. Thoughts?

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  • bat0u
    This will be very interesting to see develop down the road. I keep imagining this being similar to a live action Ghost in the Shell. what's going on with that btw?? Damn it, Spielberg!
  • Richie G
    Loved the game, it really made you think and reflect on what it is that makes us human... or alternatively you could dive off a ten story building into a group of heavily armed gangsters and blow 'em all to Hell with your BUILT IN CLAYMORES FTW!!! Hope they treat it right
  • Jericho
    Trilogy or GTFO!!!!!!
  • http://twitter.com/Themetris Dimitris K
    Please don't do that to my favorite game.
  • guest@gmail.com
    Bet this turns out like SURROGATES.
  • http://twitter.com/Mathias_Godin Mathieu Godin
    This is an awesome news! Though I am a bit skeptical on how they could tackle the ending since in the game there is a unique way the game ends. This is one reason they could expand the film into a nice trilogy in my belief. It would be a nice color palette movie also if they match it nicely and I am pretty sure they are going to go nuts on the effects when its going to come to the human augmentations.
    • complaint
      Yes,they will go for the "shine" to the detriment of substance.We will probably get another display of effects with a stupid action story.I bet they will hit all the cliches and tropes.
  • clocker910
    Alright, Carlyle's second movie
  • Nielsen700
    CARLYLE!!!
  • complaint
    Make a movie inspired by a videogame which was inspired by a couple of books...why not just adapt the source of the source material,you know any book by William Gibson ? As awesome as the games are,they are nothing compared to the books.So why go for a watered down version of cyberpunk? Marketing of course. "People don't read them books 'cus they stupid.People play them videogames.We can make more moneys reselling the same thing." Hollywood is weird.
  • Cody W
    Lol Human revolution suuuucked, the original deus ex is among the greatest most innovative games of all time.
  • TommyTally
    I didn't ask for this.
  • 3dsoul
    The game was great. I normally don't play first person shooters. Closest I got to that was the Mass Effect Trilogy. In this case, I couldn't find a good science fiction type of RPG and so, based on very high reviews from fellow gamers, I gave this game a try. Seriously, a fabulous game. Nicely done. My wife is not interested in gaming in any way but tonight, a few hours before I finished it, she sat next to me and just happened to catch some action and a couple of cut scenes. I explained the story to her and she actually liked what she heard and saw. She was interested. This was a breakthrough. The ending of the game was perhaps the best ending I've ever experienced in a game. I really liked the ending, it brings you down for a nice soft landing and lets you think about your choices as you watch. Really really nice job. I would run to see a movie, however it seems that only big studios ever get these kinds of things right, and that less than half the time. Get a big studio to back it, bring in some name actors, and of course, its all about the director. Get the wachowski people for example. The the movie would be bad-ass!

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