Hot on the heels of the announcement that Assassin’s Creed will be adapted into a feature film, with Prometheus’ Michael Fassbender attached to star and produce, comes word that Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Eidos’ first person cyberpunk stealth title, will be made into a feature film as well. The property has been acquired by CBS Films, a relative newcomer in the film distribution game, who could make a big splash if they are able to competently bring this popular series to the big screen.
As this is only an announcement of property acquisition not much is known about the project thus far, but both CBS Films and Eidos expressed their enthusiasm over working together. Terry Press, Co-President of CBS Films vows to work closely with Eidos to bring a “film adaptation worthy of the Deus Ex name.”
Among the list of talent attached to the project from CBS include producer Adrian Askarieh, who has several other video game to film adaptations in the works. Among his list of in-development projects include the Just Cause and Kane and Lynch films, and a sequel to the first Hitman film, which starred Timothy Olyphant. All of the franchises Askarieh is trying to help bring to the silver screen are Square Enix properties, which leads us to believe that this close relationship will breed some success.
Unfortunately, video game to film adaptations haven’t faired so well in recent years, or actually ever, but if there is any company capable of making a blockbuster its Eidos. Among the list of successful film adaptations is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, one of Eidos and now Square Enix’s most prized properties, one that is even getting a video game reboot for 2013. If Deus Ex can even capture half of the buzz that surrounded Tomb Raider — part of that will come from hiring a top-name talent to play Adam Jensen — they should be well on their way to success.
It’s going to be hard to capture the essence of Deus Ex without it feeling goofy though. A lot of the game’s appeal rests in the player’s decision to go stealth or offensive, something that will be harder to translate on screen. Our guess is the focus will be on combining the crazy human augmentations into some flashy action scenes.
What do you think of Deus Ex: Human Revolution being turned into a feature film? Who is the best candidate to play Adam Jensen?