Paramount Pictures is gearing up for a video game to film adaption of Duke Nukem. Last year during the E3 Convention Gearbox Studios CEO Randy Pitchford revealed that the adaption was in the works and that they were looking for a studio. Paramount snagged the film and are now searching for both a writer and a director.
The studio was eyeing WWE wrestler turned actor John Cena, who has now entered negotiations to play the title character, Duke Nukem, a cigar-chomping, flat-top having, sunglasses-wearing firearm expert with serious strength. In the games, Duke is on a mission to fight aliens to protect Earth.
Duke Nukem, developed by Apogee Software, was first released in 1991 for PC gamers and has spawned 18 games released on multiple platforms.
Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, will be producing. Bay is behind films like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, and many others. You know that means, we can expect a lot of action and big explosions.
Cena would be an ideal fit for the role. You can’t deny that he looks the part too. Cena has had roles in several films including Trainwreck, The Marine, 12 Rounds, Daddy’s Home, and Daddy’s Home 2, The Wall, Manhunt, and Ready to Rumble. Cena also co-stars in the upcoming comedy Blockers, arriving in theaters on April 6, 2018.