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09 September 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  |  Source: Kotaku.com

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We should probably know better by now but the news that a Duke Nukem movie is in the works has made us momentarily forget all those abortive videogame movie adaptations and made our inner geek very excited indeed.

The hard-talking, gun-loving, bleached-blonde alpha male, beloved of first-person shoot ‘em up gamers since his IBM PC debut in 1991, is gearing up for the big-screen treatment and Scott Faye, the producer of the upcoming Mark Wahlberg thriller (and fellow game adaptation) Max Payne, is the man driving the project.

“I'm working diligently at making a Duke Nukem movie scenario that will live up to the character and its import in the videogame world,” said Faye talking to Kotaku.com. “As is the case with all of my game adaptations, I'd rather not make the movie than make a poor adaptation.”

We’ve yet to see Max Payne so we can’t confirm if Faye’s aspirations were actually realised but the idea of a movie featuring the Duke – imagine a cigar-chomping Arnold Schwarzenegger type with a yellow flat top and an arsenal of big guns and class-A zingers – has definitely piqued our interest.

“With the two new games coming out based on Duke Nukem (a pair of next-gen console adventures are in the pipeline), I'm working at establishing a Duke film scenario that will compel a studio to finance a feature version,” said Faye. “Certainly, there's a large audience that knows and loves this character. We're expanding Duke's ‘storyverse’ in a very significant major way without abandoning or negating any element that's being used to introduce Duke to the next gen platforms.”

If Faye’s reverential treatment comes to pass, it will certainly please Nukem fan boys. Let’s just hope it doesn’t go the way of all those other failed gaming flicks.

To read the whole interview, click here.

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Some fun facts about the game: Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled approximately 2.5 billion miles since the announcement of Duke Nukem Forever. ers Spirit and Opportunity were proposed, authorized, announced, designed, launched and successfully landed upon Mars within the timeframe of Duke Nukem Forever's development. ted States’ entire program to put a man on the moon, from Kennedy’s challenge to the landing took less time than the development of Duke Nukem Forever ght brothers design More

Posted by grucl at 07:17 on 10 September 2008 | Report This Post

Maybe this will become the new in-joke for the film industry like Duke Nukem Forever is in the games industry. More

Posted by Gartt at 20:55 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

Take a valium or something
Seriously, excitement levels over this proposed film are WAY too high already. The idea alone has got 'stinking great turd' written through it like a stick of smelly rock. So soon we forget Doom (or any other game to movie crossover your care to mention). And before I hear the 'it's harmless fun just switch off your brain' argument - that's ok, I've got nothing against that but can't you get that from playing the game? Why sit through 2 hours of sub par plot and 12A friendly violence when you ca More

Posted by Bushman at 20:29 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

Still waiting
Still waiting for the next game...coming in the year 2045 More

Posted by Bluehawk at 19:57 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

Hail to the king baby.............
This is the first ever game adaptation that i'm actually excited about link=http://www.soundboard.com/sb/solrosin.aspx]http:// www.soundboard.com/sb/solrosin.aspx More

Posted by David Dvd 1988 at 19:31 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

Come Get Some
OMG, I am so excited!!! I was addicted to this game, in fact I still have them all, I just don't have a computer old enough to play them anymore. I still try once in awhile only to have the computer choke. Dwayne Johnson would be a good choice to play Duke. I really hope this one materializes, and YAHOO to more games. More

Posted by nan4bsb at 18:06 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

Ahnold Van Lundgren is needed here.
Johnson? Urban? nonsense. we need to convince Arnie that politics is a bad move and cheesy videogame-based movies are the future. as wells as third conan movies. though... .I'm not 100% sure on his acting credentials, but the guy who played Colossus in X-Men 3 (and 2 very briefly)? he'd be good physically. failing that, i'm with Lundgren.... hmmm.. or why not Van Damme? not like he's never sported a daft mullet before. (when has he NOt sported a daft mullet?) More

Posted by Adrian at 15:42 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum...
...and I'm all outta gum. With the games stalled in production I see this as a project that's gonna also stall. Who needs another duff game-to-film conversion? More

Posted by jpt1976 at 14:21 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

those alien bastards are gonna pay for shooting up my ride
if they work as diligently on getting the movie out as they have on producing Duke Nukem Forever, then we can expect the film in the Summer of 2041 More

Posted by jameswhaleofatime at 13:59 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

You wanna dance?
Now this is NEWS!! NEWS I tell ya!! Oh yeah!! Baby bring it home! So lets see, I dont want Dwayne Johnson, he didnt give me much hope in Doom. I think a beefed up and blonde Karl Urban might work. I know he hasnt had the best of roles in the past years after Lord Of the Rings (Chronicles Of Riddick and Doom and Pathfinder), but this could work for him. Just dont do what they did to Doom...please for the love of God and all things Holy :) More

Posted by Noelg25 at 13:49 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

Shame on you, Empire!
If and when this movie released I expect that I will vomit a little into my own mouth and have to swallow it down. To make it worse, why don't they make a graphic novel of the videogame and adapt that! Then it would really be pointless. Try not to make too much noise, geeks, there are people next door watching proper films ... Idiots! More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:49 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Shake it, baby
If it takes as long as the game that's in development, we can expect to watch this in about 38 years..... More

Posted by CORLEONE at 11:13 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Shake it, baby
L: kinge247 Bring it on, although Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson already did Doom. e wasn't the main hero though was he? What about Dolph Lungren? If it was tongue in cheek enough (and it should be given the nature of the game), it could be a comeback... More

Posted by UTB at 11:03 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Shake it, baby
Bring it on, although Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson already did Doom. More

Posted by kinge247 at 11:00 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Shake it, baby
L: Frank Castle L: britesparc How can you not be excited? The only problem is who to cast... I'd go with a bleached blond Dwayne Johnson. Perfect casting, im sure he was mentioned last time this was thought about for a movie. If its done tounge in cheek, major comedy angle this could work really well. sp; Agree with you here, if they do it in to serious a way it will just not work. Make it fun like the games were. More

Posted by matthewforan at 10:46 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

LOL this is bound to be shit but just the idea of it being any good is awsome. It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum! And I'm allllll out of gum. More

Posted by UTB at 10:38 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Shake it, baby
L: britesparc How can you not be excited? The only problem is who to cast... I'd go with a bleached blond Dwayne Johnson. sp; Perfect casting, im sure he was mentioned last time this was thought about for a movie.   If its done tounge in cheek, major comedy angle this could work really well. More

Posted by Frank Castle at 10:35 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Shake it, baby
COME GET SOME! I know I will. More

Posted by matthewforan at 10:32 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

Shake it, baby
How can you not be excited? The only problem is who to cast... I'd go with a bleached blond Dwayne Johnson. More

Posted by britesparc at 10:23 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

Oh Christ!
Is it just me or does this sound like the worst idea ever? Take a character that is an amalgamation of film characters and make a film about him. From a game very similar to Doom. Should be interesting......sorry, meant to say, should be shit! More

Posted by Tokkas100 at 10:21 on 09 September 2008 | Report This Post

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