There is apparently an unannounced Duke Nukem movie adaptation in the pipelines and wrestler-turned-actor John Cena is at the front of the negotiating table to take on the main role of the brash video game protagonist.
According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, sources close to the matter have confirmed Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes to be involved. Michael Bay, alongside Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, have been said to be helming production.
However, the Duke Nukem movie adaptation is currently without any writer or director. There is also no confirmation on other cast members. That being said, Paramount Pictures will begin the search for someone to pen down a script very soon. Provided that the writing gets a green light, we may get to hear more about the project in the future.
This is not the first time that Paramount Pictures and Cena are working together. The two were previously involved with Daddy’s Home 2, with Cena set to appear in the upcoming standalone Bumblebee spinoff from the Transformers franchise.
As for donning the shades and jet pack of Duke Nukem, Cena does bear resemblance to the video game character. He certainly has the physique to pull off the role as well. However, fans are likely to be concerned about how well this Duke Nukem movie adaptation will end up being.
Duke Nukem Forever, the last installment in the video game series, was an epic commercial failure. It took over a decade in the making, hyping fans left and right, finally releasing in 2011 to a disastrous reception. The series has been put on a hold since then but maybe, this Duke Nukem movie adaptation is the one to breath life into the character again.