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Predators writer to work on Deux Ex screenplay as Scott Derrickson exits

There haven’t been many updates on the Deus Ex movie since the big-screen adaptation of the hit game franchise was announced by Eidos Montreal and CBS Films back in 2012, but apparently the project is still moving forward — albeit with a new writer and director.

According to The Hollywood ReporterPredators writer Michael Finch will take over the screenplay for the film, which is expected to draw heavily from 2011’s critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution, an adventure set in the year 2027 that follows security expert Adam Jensen as he is forced to undergo radical technological augmentation of his body after an attack on the corporation that hired him. After returning to work, he becomes embroiled in a global conspiracy that questions the very nature of what it means to be human.

Sinister director Scott Derrickson was initially attached to direct the Deus Ex movie, with his writing partner C. Robert Cargill collaborating on the script. The report indicates that Derrickson has left the project to work on Doctor Strange for Marvel, which was announced in June.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the only movie based on a game that Finch is attached to at the moment. The writer also worked on the script for Agent 47, the upcoming film based on the Hitman game franchise (and an unofficial reboot of the movie franchise that never got off the ground with 2007’s Hitman).

There’s no release date set for Deus Ex at this point.

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