Following up on July’s announcement that CBS Films had picked up the rights for a Deus Ex: Human Revolution movie, the adaptation of 2011 game about a special agent who uses cybernetic implants to fight villains, the studio now reports that it’s found a director for the upcoming film.
Scott Derrickson, who directed the recent horror films Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose will get behind the camera for Deus Ex, according to an official statement made today by CBS Films.
“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. Cargill and I can’t wait to bring it to the big screen.”
While there have been three games released so far in the Deus Ex franchise, the studio has indicated that the new film will be based on the most recent, critically praised installment, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. This makes sense, since Human Revolution game is set in the year 2027 and serves as a prequel to the first installment of the series.
Human Revolution follows a security agent for a biotechnology firm who is forced to undergo a series of operations that give him cybernetic implants, and is later caught up in a global conspiracy involving the body-modification industry. The game was celebrated for its exploration of real-world political and economic issues in a sci-fi setting and the wide-reaching effect of ethical decisions the player makes during the game.
As reported back in July, Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh are attached to produce the Human Revolution movie, with John P. Middleton serving as Executive Producer. There’s no release date set or start of production scheduled for the film at this point.