The Deus Ex movie from writer and director pairing Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill is moving along at a great pace, with all parties said to be excited by the project.
"Everything is kind of happening all at once," the film's director and co-writer Derrickson told Crave. "Deus Ex is moving like a rocket. We've turned in a draft of that that everyone seems excited about, and we're very excited about that."
The movie is based on Human Revolution, but co-writer Cargill says the goal is not to make a video game movie, but one steeped in Cyberpunk.
"The chief philosophy is we're not making a video game movie, we're making a cyberpunk movie," explained Cargill. "We've taken a look at what's worked in video games and what hasn't, and really what we've broken down is what we think the audience really wants, [what] the audience that loves Deus Ex is going to want to see out of a Deus Ex movie. 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. So it's really allowed us to expand upon the things that happened in the game, and the game has such a great cinematic story to begin with that those elements are very easy to extract.
"But really, at its core, we just keep telling each other, 'We're not making a video game movie, we're making a cyberpunk movie.' And Scott and I are such big cyberpunk fans from way back in the day that that just really charges us up. Because that's what's so great about Deus Ex to begin with, is it really gets cyberpunk. Eidos Montreal really understood the nature of cyberpunk and made 'the' cyberpunk game, and it is just fantastic, and we've just had a great time adapting it."
Derrickson added that the pair's sights are set pretty high, referencing the likes of genre classics District 9, Inception and Looper.
"Yeah, cyberpunk is difficult. There's a reason we haven't had a great cyberpunk movie yet. There's a reason why a sci-fi movie as great as Neuromancer has never made it to the screen," he explained. "I do think there's a new wave coming, and not just because the technology and the effects are up to speed, but I think that there's a sensibility to cyberpunk that the movies are catching up with. That's kind of how we feel. We feel like the science fiction, the reason why we reference Inception, Looper and District 9 was that they were all movies that took certain familiar science fiction methodologies and turned them upside-down and brought a grounded realism to them."
Deus Ex is without a release date.