Sunday, November 18, 2012

NEWS UPDATE: Deus Ex Adaptation, Tim Burton's Pinocchio, Jack Nicholson and Steve Jobs Biopic

Writer/Director Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose", "Sinister") has been hired to direct the big screen adaptation of the cyberpunk videogame "Deus Ex: Human Revolution". He will also co-write the script alongside C. Robert Cargill ("Sinister"). Here is the official press release :
"CBS Films announced today that Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) will direct the screen adaptation of the iconic Square Enix video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Derrickson will also write the screenplay for the film with C. Robert Cargill (Sinister). Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh are attached to produce the film with John P. Middleton serving as Executive Producer.

Set in the near future, when dramatic advances in science, specifically human augmentation, have triggered a technological renaissance, Deus Ex: Human Revolution follows Adam Jensen, an ex-SWAT security specialist who must embrace mechanical augments in order to unravel a global conspiracy.

“Deus Ex is a phenomenal cyberpunk game with soul and intelligence,” said Derrickson, who continued, “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.”

The Deus Ex franchise was originally introduced in June 2000. Its latest entry, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, launched to universal acclaim in 2011, ranking #1 across global sales charts and earning over 100 industry awards. Developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix, Deus Ex: Human Revolution will serve as the primary template for the film.

Executive Vice President of Production Maria Faillace and Creative Executive Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.

Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are represented by WME and managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Their legal is handled by Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein."

Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr. have teamed up for a new version of "Pinocchio". Downey Jr. will play Geppetto, the woodcarver who creates Pinocchio, the puppet that comes to life. When Pinocchio disappears, Geppetto sets off on a quest to find him and bring him back. Also, screenwriter Jane Goldman ("X-Men: First Class") has been hired to rewrite the script, which was first written by Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies").

Jack Nicholson is in talks to star in director David Dobkins's dramedy "The Judge", alongside Robert Downey Jr.. Downey will star as an attorney who returns home for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father (Nicholson), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer's, is a suspect in a murder case.

Sony's Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin ("West Wing", "The Social Network") will feature a very unique narrative structure. According to Sorkin, the film, which is based on Walter Isaacson's biography "Steve Jobs", will feature three 30-minute scenes that will play out in real time and will be set right before the three major Apple products were launched: The Mac, NeXT and the iPod. Below is a video interview in which Sorkin talks about the film:


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