So, your director of the Deus Ex: Human Revolution adaptation is… Scott Derrickson!
Who? You know him from Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. And he’s definitely an… interesting choice for the job of bringing Adam Jensen to the big screen.
The key thing with Derrickson is that, first of all, he’s tended to have more on his mind than splat, to some degree. The Exorcism of Emily Rose is actually a mix of horror movie and courtroom drama that doesn’t entirely work, but it is a sincere attempt to put a different spin on the whole “possessed girl” subgenre. Sinister was a more straightforward horror movie.
Derrickson also tends to be good about landing actors who can work with the material: Emily Rose featured Tom Wilkinson and Laura Linney, while Sinister was built around Ethan Hawke, both of whom substantially elevated the movies they were in.
He’s also bringing along former movie blogger C. Robert Cargill, better known as Massawyrm over on Aint It Cool News, who wrote Sinister and actually did quite a good job of it.
If nothing else, CBS Films has actually bothered to hire a couple of nerds who actually like the movies they make to put this movie out. Now it’s time to see who they cast, and exactly how faithful the movie is to the games.
Also, Scott, if you’re reading? Just hire Michael McCann to score the movie.