Duke Nukem is one of the next gaming franchises to be heading to the silver screen, with The Hollywood Reporter reporting the series has been tapped for the movie treatment. According to the source, the Duke Nukem movie will be produced by the Cobra Kai team of Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Legendary Entertainment is also on board along with Jean Julien Baronnet of Marla Studios, which worked on the Assassin’s Creed movie.
The production of the Duke Nukem movie is in its very early stages. A director is yet to be confirmed for the project as is a writing team. That means we do not know what the story is going to focus on but suffice to say there will be violence. Gearbox has been working on its series being adapted for the big screen. Borderlands is the big movie project at the moment with Hollywood heavyweights like Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kevin Hart all starring in it.
There will likely be some hope that the Duke Nukem movie will help salvage the reputation of the franchise. Duke Nukem Forever was the last mainline entry to the series to be released, and that was not met with the best reception. In our own Duke Nukem Forever review, Dan wrote, “Amazingly, despite being in development for fourteen years, Duke Nukem Forever feels unfinished. For every enjoyable section there are several that feel tacked-on and just plain lazy. Despite a few bright moments (it picks up towards the end) the game struggles to ever push its way above average. Hail to the King? Sorry but no, the King is dead.”
With the Duke Nukem movie being in early pre-production it is unlikely that it will get released within the next couple of years.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter