Deus Ex movie looking to District 9, Looper for inspiration

Deus Ex is being turned into a movie, and its director and co-writer have opened up a bit about their sci-fi inspirations.

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The Deus Ex movie is aiming for a cyberpunk aesthetic, and is looking through the history of sci-fi cinema for inspiration. Director Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill recently dropped a few movie titles that serve as reference material for their vision of Deus Ex's world.

"We're looking at movies like District 9 and Looper, and Inception," Cargill told Crave (via Eurogamer). "Those are the molds of what we've been doing. Let's push this and do something new with concepts people love, but tell a story that they've never seen before, that just melts their brain."

He says Blade Runner set a "dark, wet, tech-noir" look that was imitated for years, but those more recent films changed the visual style. "The result was everybody loves them. People wanted to see those movies. People are craving new kinds of science fiction that don't look and feel and act like the same science fiction films that they’ve been watching for thirty years."

Derrickson added that due to the game's sheer size and scope, "it's impossible to get the aesthetic of that game into a single movie. So the key is to take some elements of it that are original, and that feel fresh, and that feel like the things that we haven't been looking at for a long time, and use those. What else you need, you invent. You adapt."

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    February 22, 2013 10:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Deus Ex movie looking to District 9, Looper for inspiration.

    Deus Ex is being turned into a movie, and its director and co-writer have opened up a bit about their sci-fi inspirations.

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      February 22, 2013 10:31 AM

      This is the same team that worked on Hitman, if I recall the bombcast correctly?

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        February 22, 2013 11:34 AM

        If this is the case, then we have already lost.

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        February 22, 2013 2:33 PM

        HAHAHAHAHAhahahahHAHAHAH! That's a shame.

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        February 22, 2013 2:44 PM

        That's pretty cool then - a surprisingly competent movie considering it's based on a game.

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          February 22, 2013 3:24 PM

          Did you actually SEE the Hitman movie?

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          February 24, 2013 8:03 AM

          Yeah yeah whatever. The Hitman games were never known for their story, but there are hundreds of games with better story than your usual hollywood crapbuster. My bet is you haven't played Hitman or you haven't actually seen the movie.

          Maybe you think the Resident Evil movies are good too? xD

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      February 22, 2013 10:33 AM

      I vomited.

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      February 22, 2013 10:36 AM

      I never asked for this.

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      February 22, 2013 10:36 AM

      Cautiously optimistic about this news.

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        February 22, 2013 10:39 AM

        Actually, it may be too early to say that. If they're only looking at movies made in the last couple years that really have very little to do with the Deus Ex universe, then they may not have a very deep understanding of cyberpunk and the genre. As much as I love both District 9 and Looper, there are a lot more movies to draw inspiration from, like The Matrix, A Scanner Darkly, Dark City, etc.

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          February 22, 2013 10:46 AM

          Listing both the matrix and dark city as influences would have been redundant.

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            February 22, 2013 11:24 AM

            Dark City was aliens, Matrix was robots. Totally different. Duh.

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              February 22, 2013 11:41 AM

              Also the Matrix was good.

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                February 22, 2013 12:37 PM

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                  February 22, 2013 12:46 PM

                  Dark City is a truly great movie if you've only watched it once in high school or thereabouts.

                  I tried watching it again recently and it's really just terrible. It looks great, has some fun ideas, but everything else about it is just awful. Especially, and I can't emphasize this enough, Keifer Sutherland's character.

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            February 22, 2013 2:16 PM

            my very first post to the shack was something like 'watch dark city if you want to see where the matrix came from' after lurking for years. this isnt a very interesting anecdote but there you go

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      February 22, 2013 11:02 AM

      PREORDER CANCELED!

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      February 22, 2013 11:22 AM

      I should propose a bunch of movies based off all the best other movies.

      I could make millions!

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      February 22, 2013 11:58 AM

      double takedowns should be a prominent part of the movie.

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      February 22, 2013 12:10 PM

      These day I'm happy if movies just have a coherent plot.

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        February 22, 2013 12:12 PM

        OH SHIT IT WAS GHOSTS OR A TIMEWARP OR AN ALTERNATE REALITY OR THEY WERE IN LIMBO ALL ALONG BHWAAAAAAAAAWHM UNTS UNTS UNTS LOOK AT US WE'RE SO CLEVER JUST MAKING SHIT UP IN THE LAST ACT OF THE MOVIE HOLY SHIT YOU REMEMBER LOST RIGHT THAT WAS AWESOME WHILE IT LASTED RIGHT YEAH WE'RE TOTALLY TRYING TO REPRODUCE THAT AND THE SIXTH SENSE ALONG WITH LOOKING LIKE RIDLEY SCOTT LOOK LOOK AT OUR BALLS

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      February 22, 2013 12:20 PM

      Will not be happy unless he has 50 attempts to get the basketball through the hoop, fails, kills 2 hobos with elbow blades, punches a prostitute then eats an energy bar.

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      February 22, 2013 12:42 PM

      Be sure to look at Blade Runner.

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      February 22, 2013 12:48 PM

      I'd watch the movie though. But I hope there's a new game on next gen consoles.

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      February 22, 2013 12:53 PM

      Eminem for JC Denton?

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      February 22, 2013 1:29 PM

      I really would rather they took their inspiration from '70s era conspiracy thrillers.

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      February 22, 2013 2:00 PM

      "Those are the molds of what we've been doing. Let's push this and do something new with concepts people love, but tell a story that they've never seen before, that just melts their brain."

      Ya it's gonna suck balls.

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        February 22, 2013 2:43 PM

        Guys! Guys! I've got an idea! What if... What if it was like the Fast and the Furious but with robotic implants?!

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      February 22, 2013 2:44 PM

      meh.... nobody wants this.

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      February 22, 2013 5:05 PM

      God why...

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