I hate to spoil your Friday right at the start of the weekend, but I bring disturbing news from the land of Hollyweird. The creative minds seem to be behind it Cobra Kaithe karate kid revival, have decided they want to make a movie, a full-length movie based on the once-popular ’90s first-person shooter character Duke Nukem. 2022 remains a strange year.
The Hollywood Reporter is, uh… report that Legendary Entertainment has licensed the Duke Nukem the film rights to the franchise from Gearbox and is now planning to make a new film starring the character. According to the outlet, this new project will be produced by Cobra Kai
Jean-Julien Baronnet, who previously worked on the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, also produces through Marla Studios, a company specializing in video game adaptations.
3D Realms (then known as Apogee Software) released the first game of the Duke Nukem series in 1991. However, it lasted until 1996, with the introduction of the critically acclaimed Duke Nukem 3Dthat the franchise became a household name. (Well, at least in nerdy households.) Much of that popularity comes down to how interactive Duke Nukem 3D was full of details that were innovative at the time, such as working light switches, flushable toilets and simulated mirrors. And sure, I guess some people liked the main character, Duke Nukemeven if all of its famous catchphrases were just stolen from popular movie characters.
To 3D and some extensions, the brand went largely dormant until 2011, when the long-awaited sequel, Duke Nukem foreverShe finally saw redemption. It sucked. And since then the future of Duke Nukem as a franchise seemed… unlikely.
This is not the first time a Duke Nukem Movie is in development. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Paramount worked on a Duke Nukem Project with John Cena for a few years. Imagine you are living in this timeline. While this project could also fail, it has a much better chance since Hollywood is much more interested in pumping Movies and TV shows based on famous video games.
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So far, no writer or director has been chosen or forced at gunpoint to join the current project and bring Duke Nukem to life. That means we still have time. We can stop this.
I think there might be a possibility of a funny, possibly even “good” Duke Nukem Movie. It would start with him being a washed up loser who had a big moment saving the world in the ’90s and has ridden that bit of fame for the past 30 years. But to find out the rest of this story, you need to hire me to write a special script.