Deus Ex is just one of many video game movies being developed by Hollywood these days. Projects like Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Castle Wolfenstein, Mass Effect and The Need for Speed have all moved dramatically forward recently, despite recent adaptations like Silent Hill: Revelation 3D making no impression at the box office. But we hadn't heard any word on Deus Ex since last July, until yesterday, that is, when CBS Films announced that Sinister director Scott Derrickson would be taking over the production.
Derrickson is perhaps best known for horror films like Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but has dipped into the sci-fi genre before with the (mostly forgotten) 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. The director will reteam with his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill, a.k.a. Ain't It Cool's "Massawyrm," to adapt the screenplay from the video game franchise's most recent installment, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The game, set in a near future where cybernetic augmentations have changed the world, tells the story of, in the words of the press release, "Adam Jensen, an ex-SWAT security specialist who must embrace mechanical augments in order to unravel a global conspiracy."
The director says of his latest assignment, "Deus Ex is a phenomenal cyberpunk game with soul and intelligence. By combining amazing action and tension with big, philosophical ideas, Deus Ex is smart, ballsy, and will make one hell of a movie. Cargill and I can't wait to bring it to the big screen."
Although his earlier work made little impression on us, Sinister proved to be one of the scariest horror movies of the year and a major step forward for the director, working as he did with a smart screenplay and a striking visual style. If Derrickson and Cargill can develop a strong screenplay for Deus Ex, we think he may just be able to pull this off. He wouldn't have been our first choice though.
What do you think? Is Scott Derrickson the director for the job? Who would you prefer to direct a film adaptaton of Deus Ex: Human Revolution? Let Bibbs know on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.