News - Updated on April 7, 2022

In 2012 Deus Ex: Human Revolution tried to turn it into a movie. There were interested people, they sketched out a script for the film adaptation, but in the end the idea fell apart. Ten years later, excerpts from that script appeared on the Web, along with a number of details about the failed movie.

Details shared by Scott Kinney, Producer Prime Universe Productions. Then he worked for the company that owned the film rights. Deus Exand helped to promote the project in the production chain – including by looking for screenwriters.

Write a film version Human Revolution entrusted to Scott Derrickson (Scott Derrickson) and C. Robert Cargill (C. Robert Cargill) – by that time they distinguished themselves in horror “Sinister”. Derrickson was also supposed to direct. According to Kinney, the duo had a good understanding of the world Deus Ex, and Derrickson was able to break the curse of video game adaptations and make a great adaptation. Kinney dreamed of casting Bradley Cooper as Adam Jensen and Stephen Lang as antagonist Lawrence Barrett.

But the studio CBS Moviesunder the control of which they were going to shoot Human Revolution, began to hesitate – the film did not fit into their strategy at that moment. Derrickson and Cargill switched to “Doctor Strandza”and screening Deus Ex fell apart, Kinney recalls.

Bradley Cooper, whom the producer wanted to cast as Jensen.

Kinney also provided journalist Kirk McKeand with a version of the script. McKind reviewed the work and asked Kinney a few questions. It turned out the following:

  • Some episodes in the script sound cruel, but the film did not have an “adult” rating. Then Deadpool had not yet been released, and most film studios felt that the high age limit hit the box office too hard. According to Kinney, if Deus Ex filmed now, then he could easily use the “adult” rating.

  • There is at least one fairly large deviation from the game in the film’s script:
    • In the original, Adam Jensen survives the attack and ends up near death. He is saved through body augmentations, but Jensen did not ask for this – hence his famous phrase.

    • In the script for the movie, Adam wakes up in the hospital, but he doesn’t have his augmentations yet. He himself asks for Typhoon technology to be implanted in him in order to avenge his beloved, who, he believes, died as a result of the attack. That is, there is less reason to use I never asked for this in the film adaptation.

  • As McKind writes, the subsequent events of the film are close enough to the events of the game: there is a TV presenter line, and the dirty secrets of Sharif, and the Daedalus project.

  • All changes in the script were coordinated with the studio Eidos Montrealdevelopers Human Revolution. According to Kinney, each version of the story was tested by the creators of the game, they left their comments and, in general, were very pleased with the way the filmmakers turned out. “Everyone liked the final result. Everyone. That’s the tragedy of the situation,” Kinney says of the film’s cancellation.

However, McKind caught on to one moment that seemed strange to him. Here is a piece of the script (it seems to be from the final fight):

Megan hears Jensen’s voice through the earpiece. Her gaze rests on the flickering code as Elena approaches.

Megan (to Jensen and herself): “Get up!”

Jensen: “I can’t. My systems are failing.”

Megan’s gaze falls on the cannon, lying a few meters away from her. Jensen looks at Barrett, who is loading his minigun.

Megan: “You’re human.”

Jensen is filled with a calmness we’ve never seen before. The kind that comes with the liberating realization that everything you thought about yourself turned out to be wrong, and now you understand the truth.

Jensen (quietly, to himself): “Get up, Jensen.”

Barrett (points minigun): “What did you say?!”

Jensen: “I’m not like you, Barrett.”

Barrett: “You’re fucking Aug too!”

Jensen: “Yes. But…”.

Barrett: “What’s the ‘but’?”

Jensen moves, runs straight for Barrett!

Barrett pulls the trigger as Jensen jumps, releases the blade from his right hand and cuts off Barrett’s arm cleanly. Barrett roars as his gun arm drops. He swings his other hand at Jensen. Jensen rolls, grabs the minigun arm, guides it…

Jensen: “I never asked for this.”

…And Jensen shoots!

Bullets go straight for Barrett’s head. It falls with a dull sound.

The phrase “I never asked for this” in the context of the script, where Jensen himself asked for augmentations to be implanted in him, sounds silly, McKind points out. This, of course, is fan service, but it contradicts the events of the film. “Looks like it’s a signature Hollywood quip that was added to the revised version of the draft. It’s hard to avoid things like that completely,” Kinney threw up his hands.

In general, McKind speaks about the screenplay script Human Revolution with warmth: there is a bit of a cliché there, it’s a pity that the “adult” rating was not planned, but in general everything sounded promising. You can read other excerpts from the script in the original material.

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