Canceled Deus Ex Movie Script Revealed For The First Time
Before video game movies proved to audiences and critics that they could be good, a Deus Ex movie was in the works at CBS Films. The film was eventually cancelled, but thanks to The recent USA Today interview with Scott Kinney of Prime Universe Productions, part of the script for this canceled project has been revealed, giving fans a taste of the project that never saw the light of day.
In the early 2010s, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill were working on a script for a film adaptation of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the third game in the series that launched in 2011. In 2014, IGN interviewed Derrickson about the project, where we learned that the film should focus on “deepening” Adam Jensen as a character while retaining “all the action and fun of the game”.
Derrickson was to direct the project before jumping ship to work on Doctor Strange. After he left, the film was quietly canceled.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an action RPG developed by Eidos Montreal, the studio that recently worked on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The game is set in the year 2027 and follows Adam Jensen, a security specialist who undergoes body augmentation after a potentially fatal accident. This leads to Jensen becoming a killing machine, setting the events of his story into motion. The plot focuses on the social divide between those wealthy enough to afford raises and the normal humans who make up the lower class.
Below, you can read an excerpt from the script of when Jensen wakes up to find his body has been augmented:
“INT. CLEAN ROOM – SARIF TECH FACILITY – TIME UNKNOWN
Jensen, eyes closed, lying in bed, sheet [sic] covering his body. He looks fairly normal except for a hexagon etched into the left side of his forehead and two metallic crescents flanking his eyes.
Jensen’s eyes snap open. He sits up, quick, confused and disoriented. As he does, the sheet falls to reveal his legs and torso. He looks like a man, and more. Her chest and arms are covered with titanium-infused sheets grafted onto her natural skin. His arms are fully cybernetic, as are his now black and glowing hands.
He looks around, and when he does, his world is one of sensory overload – too bright colors, too loud sounds, as if his mind is some kind of perverse echo chamber.
JENSEN’S CYBERNETICALLY ENHANCED POV:
He is in a large laboratory filled with medical and scientific machinery, and devoid of life. Megan’s necklace rests on a small table, and it’s all in ultra high definition – no shadow can hide you from it. He blinks and a tactical grid manifests on his vantage point. Microprocessors record everything it sees, as each item is identified as a weapon and/or potential threat. All in less time than it takes you to blink.
Jensen stands up abruptly. He is naked. Viewed from behind, we note that his spine has been replaced with an alloy frame that attaches to all four limbs, and the lower half of each leg has been replaced with cybernetics.”
Parts of the script revealed also deal with Jensen’s initial dislike of the augmentation, conversations with his girlfriend, Dr. Megan Reed, and an attack on the Sarif building. After Jensen awakens, the story follows the game’s plot quite closely, as Sarif’s corruption is revealed, the augmented ones lose their minds, and the heroes put an end to it.
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