No.2 Deus Ex
From labyrinthine to a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream, the Deus Ex series is all about secret government agencies, underground societies, including the fabled Illuminati, all bundled up with futuristic bio-augmentation and robotics.
Why it could work:
It’s all about the visuals. Think Blade Runner but with an extra 30 years of development in the realm of special effects. Nearly every character in the game has some sort of augmentation, from glow in the dark eyes to strength boosters to aqualungs. Robots patrol the streets, Big Brother is everywhere, constantly watching everything you do. Toss in a nihilistic tone, a quest that unearths the secret rulers of the world and having to choose between submission and self-determination, and you’ve got yourself a real mind-bender of a movie.
Why it might not work:
Very few reasons. The budget, again, would have to be huge. The story, like Metal Gear’s, is complicated but doesn’t even come close to the pure plot overkill of MGS. Movie audiences are smarter than usual lately, willing to come in droves for movies like Inception and Shutter Island.
Who should be involved:
Give Christopher Nolan (The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception) a call and he’ll knock this one right out of the park. Since I hate to break up a winning team, pair him up with either Christian Bale or Leonardo DiCaprio. Bale did the lone-man-against-an-oppressive-regime act in Equilibrium and DiCaprio already has audiences convinced to give him a fair shot in this type of plot-heavy, cerebral movies.
Blade Runner-type potential. Not necessarily a compliment. Keep in mind that Blade Runner was a flop during its initial run and only earned its accolades in the subsequent decades.
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