Duke Nukem was of his time, a cigar smoking, musclebound, girl-rescuing hero designed to mirror the the films stars of the time such as Schwarzenegger and Stallone. The most recent reboot for Duke was utter rubbish but that hasn’t stopped John Cena from entering talks to star as the knucklehead in a movie.
Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford hinted that a Duke movie might be in production at E3 2017, although this is not the first attempt to get him on the big screen, plans for a movie have been on and off for over twenty-five years. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company are behind the film so it’s bound to be a thoughtful character study rather than lots of things exploding for no reason.
If the movie is to go ahead it’s going to have a hard time bringing Duke up to date. He is famous for being a crude, porn-loving, sexist pig and that’s simply not going to work as a heroic character in a movie these days. However, if they neuter Duke and remove the drug use, strip clubs, and obscene language, then the fans will be upset.