Does the World Need a Duke Nukem Movie?

Image copyright Gearbox Software 2011

Whether you think it’s a good idea or the worst idea possible, it seems as though Paramount is bringing a Duke Nukem movie to the world.

And it wouldn’t be Duke Nukem without explosions aplenty, and funnily enough, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company is behind the movie, meaning Bay will serve as producer alongside Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

There is some good news to report though, as John Cena is currently in talks to portray Nukem on-screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 16-time World Champion is in negotiations to bring the politically incorrect video game hero to the big screen, despite no writer or director attached to the project. Paramount is said to begin their search for a prospective writer relatively soon.

This isn’t the first time a Duke Nukem movie was being eyed up, however, as the rights were previously held by Dimension Films, though no movie ever materialised.

This isn’t Cena’s first outing into the world of cinema as he’s previously tackled Daddy’s Home 2, which grossed $100 million domestically, the Amy Schumer-lead Trainwreck, and recently leant his voice to the animated movie Ferdinand playing the titular role, and signed on for Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series where he’ll voice the character of ‘Baron Draxum’.

As for Duke Nukem, the character made his first appearance in the 1991 video game of the same name created by Apogee Software Ltd. The series focused around Duke, a muscular, cigar-chomping, profanity-spewing, macho-man figure who set out to protect humanity from alien invaders with his unique brand of style. The character entered the third dimension with entries Duke Nukem 3D (1996), Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes (2000), and Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project (2002) amongst others before the series slowed to a halt.

There was a minor revival in 2011 with the Nintendo 3DS Duke Nukem: Critical Mass and the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 Duke Nukem Forever game.

The character has also appeared in comics from IDW Publishing.

Usually associated with having a squeeky-clean, child-friendly demeanour, it may seem a little out of character for Big Match John, but at least he’s got the right look to pull it off.

-James, 24/01/2018

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