I hate to smash your Friday proper because the weekend is beginning, however I convey some troubling information from the land of Hollyweird. It appears the inventive people 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 12 months.
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 mission will probably 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 be producing through Marla Studios, an organization that focuses on online game variations.
3D Realms (identified then as Apogee Software program) launched the primary recreation 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. (Properly, no less than amongst nerdy households.) Plenty of that recognition is all the way down to how interactive Duke Nukem 3D was, stuffed with then-innovative touches like working mild switches, flushable bogs, and simulated mirrors. And positive, I assume some people favored the principle 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 principally dormant till 2011 when the long-awaited follow-up, Duke Nukem Ceaselessly, 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 growth. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Paramount was engaged on a Duke Nukem mission starring John Cena for a couple of years. Think about dwelling in that timeline. Whereas this mission may additionally fail to occur, it stands a significantly better probability as Hollywood has turn into way more excited by pumping out films and TV exhibits primarily based on well-known video video games.
Gearbox, when reached, had no additional comment.
No writer or director has yet been picked, or forced at gunpoint, to join the current project and bring life to Duke Nukem. That means we still have time. We can stop this.
I think there might be a way to make a funny, possibly even “good,” Duke Nukem film. It’d start with him being a washed-up loser who had one big moment saving the world back in the ‘90s and has been riding out that bit of fame for the past 30 years. But to find out the rest of that story you’ll need to hire me to write a spec script.