A “Duke Nukem” movie is in the works.
Legendary Entertainment — the company behind “Dune” and the “Godzilla” monster movie series — acquired the film rights from Gearbox along with “Cobra Kai” creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.
Legendary performs with Jean Julien Baronnet for Marla Studios, which specializes in video game adaptations. Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg all produce through their Counterbalance Entertainment.
The “Duke Nukem” series was launched in 1991 and focuses on the titular hero – inspired by some attributes of 1980s action movie heroes – who battles an alien invasion in Los Angeles.
He travels from strip clubs and film sets to moon bases and spaceships, where he must deal with mutated LAPD officers, women used in alien incubators, and the Cycloid Emperor.
The game proved to be a hit with sequels in 1993 and 1996 before the franchise returned in 2011 with “Duke Nukem Forever”.
No director is on board yet – though one of the Counterbalance crew could potentially step behind the camera – and the search for a screenwriter to tackle the material is ongoing.
Various independent producers attempted to develop “Duke Nukem” and a project starring John Cena was in development several years ago but never saw the light of day.
Gearbox is also turning another hit video game into a Hollywood movie in the form of “Borderlands,” which will be directed by Eli Roth and star Cate Blanchett and Kevin Hart.