CBS Gets Rights To Make Live Action DXHR Film

It looks as though we’re entering another round of Hollywood flirting with the idea of making film adaptations of AAA video games. (It has been about a year since the last time this happened, right?) Yesterday we saw the announcement that Michael Fassbender is shepherding – and starring in – Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed film. And today, it’s the announcement that CBS has signed to produce the equally unlikely film adaptation of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Speaking to Variety, CBS co-president Terry Press said “As is clear from the wild success of the game, Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal know how to exceed their audience’s expectations by engineering incredible worlds. No one knows ‘Human Revolution’ like the team that created it, and we look forward to working with them from day one to make a film adaptation worthy of the ‘Deus Ex’ name.”

No other details about the production were revealed. But honestly, should we care? I know I don’t. For one, I’m still not sure how you adapt an interactive story experience to the screen, especially when that story has multiple endings. So far no one has managed to make a decent (live action) movie based on a game. For another, these things never pan out. The Uncharted Movie has been in limbo for years, switching directors like I switch jackets in winter, and no word on its progress has emerged for almost a year. Which is to say there’s not going to be an Uncharted movie.

So here is my super accurate and absolutely guaranteed to be proven right prediction: This thing will generate headlines every now and then; a high profile director will be mentioned, only to pull out; pro-production might even start; another director will come along, only to pull out; the stink of fiasco will build; and the production will quietly go away and this time in 2014, we’ll be asking “hey, whatever happened to that DXHR movie?” Because it’s never going to happen.

And while I’m on the subject, there’s probably not going to be an Assassin’s Creed movie either. Even if I admit the fact that Fassbender is involved makes me temporarily think it’ll be good.

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2 Comments on CBS Gets Rights To Make Live Action DXHR Film


On July 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Fan response to the announcement of a possible DX:HR movie:

“I never asked for this.”


On July 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Feh. The endings were all cr*p anyhow. It hardly mattered to me at that point: it was in a sense, a foreshadowing of the ME3 problem…except we’d already had that in Dragon Age 2.