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The creators of “Cobra Kai” prepare the film of Duke Nukem

The creators of “Cobra Kai” prepare the film of Duke Nukem

The game "Duke Nukem" was released on July 1, 1991. (Gearbox)
The game “Duke Nukem” was released on July 1, 1991. (Gearbox)

For those who have never heard it, Duke Nuke is a video game from the 90s that helped popularize the genre of shooters or first-person shooters (simulates the use of firearms from a first-person perspective). Now, this will be made into a movie by LegendaryEntertainmentthe company behind dunes and the film series Godzilla.

The Burbank, California-based company has acquired the film rights of the video game developer gear boxwith the creators of Cobra Kai, Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz Y Hayden Schlossbergwho will be in charge of the production.

From left to right: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.  (IMDB)
From left to right: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. (IMDB)

A little more of Duke Nukem

Released with a self-titled premiere in 1991 by ApogeeSoftware, Nukem is a $1 billion video game franchise that began life as a platform game for personal computers. Then Duke Nukem 3D came out in 1996, which not only became a critical success, but contributed to the ubiquity of first-person shooters for years to come.

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After staying in the background for years, the franchise took off again in 2011, when Gearbox acquired 3D Realmswith Duke Nukem Forever.

It is the continuation of two previous platform games, Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II.  It has an expansion called Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition.  (3D Realms)
It is the continuation of two previous platform games, Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II. It has an expansion called Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition. (3D Realms)

What is the story of the game and how could it relate to a film adaptation?

Nukem centers on its titular anti-hero, created by reference to certain attributes of the protagonists of action-packed movies in the 80s, whose mission is to battle an alien invasion in Los Angeles. Likewise, he travels from strip clubs and movie sets to moon bases and space ships. And he’s up against mutated LAPD officers, women used in alien incubators, and the Cycloid Emperor.

Although there is no director on board yet for this project, the question is What are film experts looking for with this background story? The clearest answer is: a writer who deals with the material, although they do not rule each other out to do so.

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Images of "Cobra Kai" fifth season
Images of “Cobra Kai” fifth season

With its renowned action-movie style, it could be that Hollywood is spending a considerable amount of time trying to adapt the game into a movie. Several independent producers have already tried to develop Nukem, although none have gone very far. Also, it is known that Gearbox had a project in development at Paramount more than four years ago, but it continued.

The trio in charge of this new project made a name for themselves in the field of franchise comedies. For example, Heald wrote the franchise Hot Tub Time Machine for MGM, while Hurwitz and Schlossberg first wrote and later directed the comedies of Harold & Kumar. And the work that stood out the most was the reimagining of The Karate Kid for a new conception they called cobra kaia hit for Netflix that also garnered numerous Emmy nominations.

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