Twenty years on, we might finally get a Duke Nukem movie

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It’s been in the works for more than twenty years, but Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford reveals that a Duke Nukem movie may finally be headed our way.

Appearing at E3 this past week, Pitchford spoke with Geoff Keighley on YouTube Live to discuss the status of the various film adaptations of the video game company’s titles. Not much is happening with a feature film adaptation of Borderlands, he offered, but Duke Nukem, he claims, is making progress.

“We’re working on Duke Nukem!” Pitchford proclaimed. “I can’t announce it, but it’s blown my mind, there’s been a lot of production companies have come at us. We’re putting together a deal right now with a major motion picture studio; I’ll tell you off the record if you want to know. It’s the exact right people that should be doing a Duke Nukem film and we’ll see what happens. It’s unbelievable, I think that’s very likely a thing.”

For the unfamiliar, Nukem is a B-list figure of the annals of video game history. Having made his debut via a shareware-based platform-shooter in 1991 – and followed by a relatively ignored sequel two years later – the character enjoyed a brief boost in popularity in 1996 by way of the gleefully anarchic and comically violent first person shooter, Duke Nukem 3D. Attempts were made to revive and catapult the property to the A-list with the much-delayed Duke Nukem Forever in 2011, though responses to the game were weak and the franchise has remained largely dormant since.

With a tonal sensibility that apes everything from classic Schwarzenegger movies to Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams, Duke Nukem has always been the subject of speculation regarding its potential as a feature film. With development on such an idea beginning in the nineties, it very nearly got a production start in 2009 before collapsing soon after. It was around this time that Gearbox acquired the property from original publisher Apogee, with development of a film adaptation on relative hold until recently.

Source: YouTube Live

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