For over twenty years, there has been talk of a Duke Nukem movie and it looks like it’s finally going to happen. This iconic first-person shooter character has personality and firepower in spades, but so far nobody has quite got an angle on bringing the larger than life gaming legend to the big screen. Until now.
Cobra Kai creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald are working on a Duke Nukem film along with Legendary Entertainment which has acquired film rights from Gearbox Software.
Initially launching on PC in 1991, Duke Nukem follows the buff blond hero, Duke Nukem, who is attempting to stop Dr. Proton before he takes over the world. The game sees Nukem battling aliens and chasing Dr. Proton through time. Duke Nukem received several sequels in the 90s and early 2000s. In 2021 Gearbox Software acquired the franchise before releasing Duke Nukem Forever the following year.
Currently, neither a script writer nor a director for the upcoming action film has been determined. However, it seems likely that one of the Cobra Kai creators will take on one of both of these roles.
Duke Nukem (For What Feels Like) Forever
Whispers of a Duke Nukem film go back as far as 1998. Andrew Form and Brad Fuller were involved in the project at one point and analyzed the Deadpool film’s success to help them find a good tone for the film. John Cena was even cast to play the titular character. However, this version of the film was abandoned.
The upcoming Duke Nukem film marks the second time one of Gearbox Software’s titles receives a film adaptation. A Borderlands movie starring Jack Black, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Hart and Cate Blanchett was filmed last spring though it has yet to be released. It seems likely that Gearbox will wait to see how theater audiences receive Borderlands before moving ahead with Duke Nukem
From Console To Streaming Service
Gearbox Software is hardly the only game developer getting film adaptations for its titles. Netflix is working on a film adaptation for 2K Games’ hit FPS Bioshock. The popular streaming service is also working on a Horizon Zero Dawn series and many others are in development for various streaming services.