CBS buys Deus Ex film rights
Variety is reporting that CBS films has purchased the film rights to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, my favorite game of 2011. Normally, that would depress the hell out of me, but this seems different.
Big screen adaptations of video games have consistently offered nothing more than a feeling of regret over the money you wasted on your ticket. The movies are awful in their own right, but to add insult to injury, they almost always change the story to the point where the only things the movie has in common with the game are the title and character names. Lucky for fans, it seems movie studios have noticed that movies based on video games are almost universally hated by the people who loved the games and have started to trend downward in the box office. Because of this, CBS Films will be working closely with Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal right from the start to get it right.
From the Variety article:
“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,” said Terry Press, co-president of CBS Films. “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.”
If things go well, I’d love to see them do an adaptation of the original Deus Ex.