Duke Nukem movie in development by the producers of Cobra Kai

Duke Nukem movie in development by the producers of Cobra Kai

Duke Nukem stands atop a pile of bodies and shoots unseen enemies with two large cannons.

Image: Gearbox / 3D Realms

I hate to spoil your Friday as the weekend begins, but I bring disturbing news from the land of Hollyweird. It seems the creatives behind Cobra Kaithe Karate Kid the comeback, decided to make a movie, a feature film, based on the famous 90s first person shooter character, Duke Nukem. 2022 continues to be a strange year.

The Hollywood Reporter is, uh… report that Legendary Entertainment licensed the Duke Nukem the film rights to the franchise from Gearbox and now plans to make a new movie with the character. According to the outlet, this new project will be produced by Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

Jean-Julien Baronnet, who previously worked on the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, also produced through Marla Studios, a company specializing in video game adaptations.

3D Realms (then known as Apogee Software) launched the first game of the Duke Nukem series in 1991. However, it wasn’t until 1996, with the debut of the critically acclaimed series Duke Nukem 3D, that the franchise has become a household name. (Well, at least among nerdy households.) Much of that popularity is due to how interactive Duke Nukem 3D was, full of then-innovative touches like working light switches, flushing toilets, and simulated mirrors. And of course, I guess some people liked the main character, Duke Nukemeven though all of his famous catchphrases are simply stolen from popular movie characters.

After 3D and a few expansions, the brand remained mostly inactive until 2011, when the long-awaited sequel, Duke Nukem foreverfinally saw release. it sucked. And since then, the future of Duke Nukem as a franchise seemed… unlikely.

This is not the first time that a Duke Nukem the film is in development. The Hollywood Reporter Note that Paramount was working on a Duke Nukem project starring John Cena for a few years. Imagine living in this timeline. While this project may also fail, it has a much better chance as Hollywood has become much more interested in pumping movies and TV shows based on famous video games.

The gearbox, once reached, made no further comments.

No writer or director has yet been cast, or forced at gunpoint, to join the ongoing project and bring Duke Nukem to life. It means we still have time. We can stop this.

I think there might be a way to make a funny, maybe even “good”, Duke Nukem film. It would start with the fact that he was a stranded loser who had a big time saving the world in the 90s and has enjoyed that fame for the past 30 years. But to find out the rest of this story, you’ll have to hire me to write a spec script.

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