The original Deus Ex was a gaming milestone of my youth, while the more recent prequel was a surprisingly brilliant reboot. The story isn't just about augmented super-soldiers with elbow-swords, but a in-depth critique of technology interspersed with philosophical, religious and mythological allegory. It's just downright great. It's with this in mind that I've been slightly worried about news of a Deus Ex movie adaptation.
Deus Ex screenwriter C. Robert Cargill and director recently caught up with Crave Online to outline their vision for the movie. I'm still not sure if their words are reassuring or not. In the interview they confirmed the movie would be concerned with the series' most recent incarnation, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Cargill also explained their philosophy for the adaptation:
The chief philosophy is we’re not making a video game movie, we’re making a cyberpunk movie. We've taken a look at what’s worked in video games and what hasn't, and really what we've broken down is what we think the audience really wants, [what] the audience that loves Deus Ex is going to want to see out of a Deus Ex movie… They want to see things that they hadn't quite seen in the game, that the game didn't allow them to see.
Hmm, I suppose that sound goods in theory. The movies which Cargill and Derrickson plan to draw inspiration from is also pretty reassuring:
We’re looking at movies like District 9 and Looper, and Inception. Those are the molds of what we've been doing. 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.
District 9 and Inception are certainly on the more thought-provoking end of the action spectrum, which is something a Deus Ex movie certainly deserves to be. The two movie-makers also addressed one of life's most pressing questions. Are there any good video game movies? Cargill explained:
Mortal Kombat. I think Mortal Kombat is about as good a video game movie as anyone's made, because it captures the essence of what the game was and delivers what the audience wanted out of it, but it's still not a great movie. I think the first Resident Evil is also a solid adaptation… I really feel like those are the only two that come close to really being close…
…they’re not great, but they're decent – but they’re also based on games that did not have lofty ambitions. The games didn't have big ideas in them. Deus Ex… Our interest in doing this has to do with the grand ambition of that game. There are big ideas in that game... So I think that the coming of age of video game movies is going to be a combination a few factors. I think that it’s going to be the growing intelligence and maturity of games themselves. That’s certainly the case with Deus Ex.
Phew. OK. I think they just saved themselves at the end there. Talk of an intelligent video game movie is certainly welcome, but what do you think? Has their words reassured you about the Deus Ex movie? Let us know in the comments section below.