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Duke Nukem gets a movie from guys who might actually pull it off

Duke Nukem gets a movie from guys who might actually pull it off

I wouldn’t be surprised if you have no idea who Duke Nukem even is — that’s how badly the classic video game franchise cratered ten years ago. Today, the character is best known as a punchline for video game vaporware jokes, about how Duke Nukem forever spent 14 years in development hell to become a huge flop.

And yet, for years, business owners at Duke have been whispering that a movie is coming, culminating in The Hollywood ReporterToday’s story: Legendary Entertainment exploited Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg actually produce a feature film.

I don’t really know how to react! As a player who liked Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem II and Duke Nukem 3D, I absolutely agree that this movie should never be made because Duke Nukem has no depth and no story and was always meant to be a caricature. (Note: the famous quote about coming and kicking ass and chewing gum and running out of gum? Like most of Duke’s other quotes, it’s from the movies they starred him in). based.)

But do you have saw Cobra Kaithe Karate Kid spin-off that reunites the original cast for a television series that spanned four seasons and perhaps matters and deserves to be called a sequel? We were skeptical at first, but after a few episodes I had to admit they had found something worth watching.

Whether somebody can redeem an embarrassingly machismo and often insensitive old franchise that has become totally irrelevant in the modern era, these are the folks. They have a whole playbook.

Previous producers attached to a Duke Nukem movie, back when John Cena was going to star, also realized it was going to be a tough sell — in 2018, they said. CinemaBlend that they should shoot a dead Pool to get the tone right, and admitted they “struggle” to make the misogynist character “fun and lovable” and “an amazing badass” all at the same time. (There were also earlier attempts at a Duke Nukem film in the late 90s, 2001 and 2008, according to Wikipedia.)

Since 2018, film projects have been out and again, possibly due to Duke Nukem’s intellectual property rights status. Embracer Group, which this week saw Saudi Arabia buy a $1 billion stake in the company, bought Gearbox Software in February last year, and it too bought the owner of 3D Realms last August. Prior to this, Gearbox and 3D Realms fought for the better part of a decade over who actually owned which parts of Duke Nukem in a series of lawsuits, but now they’re all under the same umbrella – which, like Rock Paper Shotgun points out, paves the way for a revival of Duke Nukem.

But my question is: which duke will return? Here’s hoping that Cobra Kai creators remember that there was a time before the ugliness of Duke Nukem 3D. Remember when men were pixelated, enemies were robots, and food was a turkey leg that turned into a whole turkey when you shot it with a laser gun? It was then.

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