CBS films has announced that Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) will co-write and direct the upcoming Deus Ex film.
"Deus Ex is a phenomenal cyberpunk game with soul and intelligence,” said Derrickson.
“By combining amazing action and tension with big, philosophical ideas, Deus Ex is smart, ballsy, and will make one hell of a movie."
His fellow Sinister alum C. Robert Cargill will sharing writing credit on the flick, but he recently admitted to Movies.com that doing the game justice on the silver screen wouldn't be easy.
"A straight adaptation of the core story is, as you say, problematic," said Cargill.
"If you’ve got two hours, sit down and watch all the cut scenes strung together on YouTube. Then realize that you’ve watched a movie’s worth of story without any connective tissue, leaving out every single side quest/subplot as well as a number of important conversations.
"The trick will be to tell the story right and do it justice while simplifying certain elements, without cheapening it or dumbing it down. Needless to say, we have some ideas."
American media production network CBS acquired the rights to the film in July, and stated at the time that it would work closely with game developer Eidos-Montreal during production.
"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," said CBS co-president Terry Press at the time.
In related news, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) recently signed on to star as Sam Fisher in Ubisoft’s film adaptation of Splinter Cell.
“Tom Hardy is currently one of the biggest talents in the film industry, and he has a phenomenal ability to take on complex and varied roles with his broad range of acting skills,” said Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet.
“His involvement in the ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ movie is exciting news for movie and video game fans alike. Meanwhile, Eric Singer is one of the most talented writers of the moment, and … we’re confident he’ll bring a fresh approach and create a thrilling story … while still respecting all the codes and traditions of the franchise that are so important to fans.”
Ubisoft Motion Pictures is also working on an Assassin’s Creed adaptation, starring Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, X-Men: First Class).