Back in January, we reported that Paramount and Platinum Dunes are teaming up for the live-action adaptation of the Duke Nukem video game starring WWE’s John Cena as the bad ass title character who appeared in 18 games released on multiple platforms beginning in 1991.
In an update earlier this week, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes spilled a few details to Cinema Blend, including that the tone of the film is extremely important to them.
We are working on Duke Nukem right now. It’s going to be about tone,” Form told the site. “How do you nail that tone in the way that Deadpool nailed the tone? I think we have to do that and if we don’t get the tone right then we’re not going to make the movie.” He continued, “You know that having a misogynistic guy in today’s world, how do you make that fun and lovable and at the same time he’s got to be an incredible badass? So those are the things that we’re struggling with and we’re going to try and come out with what I hope is a really fun ride. That’s the goal, is for it to be a really fun ride.”
Form also mentioned that the script is not finished and until it is nothing is set in stone, but that Cena is their first choice.
Yeah, [John Cena is who] we’re working with now. He is. Yes,” Form stated. “We don’t have a script yet, so that is confirmed at this point. But if he reads the script and he doesn’t like the script I’m sure there’s ways that he could pull out. But right now he’s our guy.”
That’s a good thing. Cena is an ideal choice. He even favors the game character, a muscular, cigar-chomping bad ass who fights aliens to save the world.