RIGHTS TO DEUS EX
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[ May 22nd 2002 ]
Pictures has optioned the rights to develop a
science-fiction, action-adventure franchise based
on the award-winning PC game "Deus Ex," as announced
today by Peter Schlessel, President of Production
for Columbia Pictures. The project will be developed
and produced by Laura Ziskin, who most recently
produced Spider-Man for the studio.
secured the rights to the title from Eidos Interactive,
the successful video gaming company responsible
for developing such hit titles as "Tomb Raider."
Greg Pruss is currently writing the screenplay.
Like the popular game, the film will be set in
the year 2052 as the world confronts the threat
of a crippling disease, economic collapse and
the threat of global terrorism. JC Denton is a
highly-rained, nano-technology enhanced counter-terrorist
who is sworn to protect the government. But as
he unravels one conspiracy after another, he must
decide between continuing to serve the government
or overthrow it.
is already developing a sequel to the franchise
and expects to begin marketing and distributing
the new game early next year. Ziskin brought the
project to Columbia Executive Vice President of
Production Matt Tolmach, who will oversee the
project with Vice President of Production Rachel
O'Connor. Marc Evans will oversee the project
on behalf of Ziskin's production company.
the brand awareness of the title and a fantastically
conceived hero at the core of this film, we feel
we can develop Deus Ex as a potential franchise
for the studio," Schlessel said. "Our challenge
will be capturing all the story elements that
have made this one of the most popular PC games
and delivering a film that has a distinctive look,
execution and feel. Deus Ex is an exciting world
full of great bad guys and good guys with a movie
star role in the character of JC Denton. There
is an amazing ambition and depth to the story
and we're excited that it has attracted a writer
of Greg's intelligence and ability."
Ex was created by Warren Spector and named "Game
of the Year" by over 35 game enthusiast magazines.
More than one million units have been sold on
the PC and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment
system formats. The sequel to Deus Ex, DX2: Invisible
War, will be launched at the Electronic Entertainment
Expo (E3) on May 21 through May 23, 2002. "Eidos
is thrilled to partner with Columbia," said Eidos
Vice President of Marketing, Paul Baldwin. "Deux
Ex is one of our top franchises, and we look forward
to seeing it come to life with a top of the line
studio like Columbia."