'Sinister' Writer and Director Reteam for 'Deus Ex: Human Revolution'
by Ben Pearson
November 15, 2012
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?