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Yesterday, it was announced that Scott Derrickson would be directing the upcoming movie adaptation of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Additionally, he would be penning the screenplay alongside his Sinister cohort Robert Cargill. Now, Cargill has stepped forward to explain the monumental task of adapting the acclaimed Square Enix video game into a feature film.

When asked by what initially drew him in to the project, Cargill began, "First and foremost, the moral complexity of the story. It's a dark, dark story underneath it all. Almost everyone in the game exists in a moral gray area with a well-defended position that you can really wrap your head around. The writing of Deus Ex is the stuff of good novels... Scott and I love cyberpunk. I grew up on it. The way Deux Ex reinvented the genre was fantastic. It got us talking about movies like District 9 and Looper and Blade Runner and Inception, and it just seemed like the right fit."

Of course, the most obvious challenge from the get-go is that they're dealing with a video game as their sole source material. "That comes with its own host of problems," he continued. "Every fan of the game has a very specific idea in what they want to see in a movie -- casting, visuals, favorite parts of the game. At the same time, we're also making a film for people who haven't played the game... The way we've approached it is that we've decided not to make a video game movie. We're making a cyberpunk movie."

But has Cargill actually played the game? "Several times," he replied. "I'm in the middle of my third play-through now. I'm trying to beat it without killing anyone but the bosses, which is not easy. There's something particularly cool about playing video games for 'research' and getting to tell your wife you’re 'working' while you've got an Xbox controller in your hand."
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