It was announced back in January that Paramount and Platinum Dunes are moving forward on a live-action adaptation of the video game Duke Nukem, with WWE superstar John Cena tapped to play the jacked up, ass kicking title character. Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form updated Cinema Blend on the project this week.
As of right now, they’re still trying to nail the overall tonal approach.
“We are working on Duke Nukem right now. It’s going to be about tone,” Form told the site. “How do you nail that tone in the way that Deadpool nailed the tone? I think we have to do that and if we don’t get the tone right then we’re not going to make the movie.”
He continued, “You know that having a misogynistic guy in today’s world, how do you make that fun and lovable and at the same time he’s got to be an incredible badass? So those are the things that we’re struggling with and we’re going to try and come out with what I hope is a really fun ride. That’s the goal, is for it to be a really fun ride.”
Form also noted that Cena is their go-to star, but nothing is set in stone without a script.
“Yeah, [John Cena is who] we’re working with now. He is. Yes,” Form confirmed. “We don’t have a script yet, so that is confirmed at this point. But if he reads the script and he doesn’t like the script I’m sure there’s ways that he could pull out. But right now he’s our guy.”
The Nukem games follow the adventures of the titular protagonist, who initially was a mash-up of action-hero tropes. The muscular, cigar-chomping figure has been fighting aliens in order to save planet Earth since 1991, when the first game was released