‘Deus Ex’ Movie Will Be More Cyberpunk, Less Video Game

The filmmakers behind the upcoming Deus Ex adaptation recently explained that the flick will be more of a “cyberpunk movie” than a “video game movie.”

Director Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill said during an interview that they were interested in avoiding the pitfalls generally associated with adapting a video game for the big screen. According to Shack News, the filmmakers are looking to such films as Looper and District 9 for inspiration.

Cargill said cyberpunk movies once tried to emulate flicks like director Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. However, he explained that recent releases have attempted to move away from that look.

The co-writer explained to Crave:

“The result was everybody loves them. People wanted to see those movies. People are craving new kinds of science fiction that don’t look and feel and act like the same science fiction films that they’ve been watching for thirty years.”

Since trying to cram everything that made Deus Ex a success into a single movie would be a difficult task to accomplish, director Scott Derrickson said he intended to take the game’s unique elements and incorporate them into the adaptation.

Cargill added:

“And it’s not a rehashing of the game. What they want to see is, they want to see elements of the game that they love, but they want to see things that they hadn’t quite seen in the game, that the game didn’t allow them to see.”

Since Derrickson has a number of movies currently on the table, it could be a while before Deus Ex finds its way onto the big screen. One of the projects he’s currently attached to is the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced supernatural flick Beware the Night with Eric Bana.

Are you a fan of the Deus Ex video games? Are you looking forward to Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill’s adaptation of the series?