I hate to wreck your Friday proper because the weekend is beginning, however I convey some troubling information from the land of Hollyweird. It appears the inventive of us behind Cobra Kai, the Karate Child revival, have determined they wish to make a film, a full-length movie, primarily based on the once-popular ‘90s first-person shooter character Duke Nukem. 2022 continues to be an odd yr.
The Hollywood Reporter is, uh…reporting that Legendary Leisure has licensed the Duke Nukem franchise’s movie rights from Gearbox and is now planning to make a brand new film with the character. Based on the outlet, this new challenge will likely be produced by Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg.
Jean-Julien Baronnet, who beforehand labored on the movie adaptation of Murderer’s Creed, can also be producing by way of Marla Studios, an organization that makes a speciality of online game diversifications.
3D Realms (identified then as Apogee Software program) launched the primary sport within the Duke Nukem collection in 1991. Nevertheless, it wasn’t till 1996, with the launch of the critically acclaimed Duke Nukem 3D, that the franchise grew to become a family identify. (Effectively, a minimum of amongst nerdy households.) Plenty of that recognition is right down to how interactive Duke Nukem 3D was, filled with then-innovative touches like working gentle switches, flushable bogs, and simulated mirrors. And certain, I suppose some of us preferred the primary character, Duke Nukem, even when all of his well-known catchphrases are simply stolen from in style film characters.
After 3D and a few expansions, the model went largely dormant till 2011 when the long-awaited follow-up, Duke Nukem Without end, lastly noticed launch. It sucked. And since then the way forward for Duke Nukem as a franchise has appeared…unlikely.
This isn’t the primary time a Duke Nukem movie has been in improvement. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Paramount was engaged on a Duke Nukem challenge starring John Cena for a couple of years. Think about dwelling in that timeline. Whereas this challenge may additionally fail to occur, it stands a a lot better likelihood as Hollywood has grow to be way more concerned with pumping out motion pictures and TV exhibits primarily based on well-known video video games.
Gearbox, when reached, had no further remark.
No author or director has but been picked, or compelled at gunpoint, to affix the present challenge and produce life to Duke Nukem. Meaning we nonetheless have time. We will cease this.
I believe there is perhaps a method to make a humorous, probably even “good,” Duke Nukem movie. It’d begin with him being a washed-up loser who had one massive second saving the world again within the ‘90s and has been using out that little bit of fame for the previous 30 years. However to search out out the remainder of that story you’ll want to rent me to write down a spec script.