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Another week, another video-game movie announcement. Add Square Enix’s Deus Ex to the list of adaptations in the works. This one is being headed by CBS Films and a writer/director whose star has been on the rise lately.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson has signed on to adapt the cyberpunk roleplaying game. He impressed many viewers in 2005 with The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but got a lot of attention this past fall with his creepy horror movie Sinister. That film cost $3 million to make and earned just shy of $47 million.
The film will be based on the three-game series, but will mostly center on 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which delves into the mythology of the franchise. Security specialist Adam Jensen will be the focus of the film as he gains superhuman abilities thanks to “mechanical augments” that will help him figure out a huge conspiracy. In the timeline of the Deus Ex series, Human Revolution actually takes place 25 years before the original game. Derrickson will be joined by his Sinister co-writer Robert Cargill on the project.