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Duke Nukem is getting a movie from some guys who could actually pull it off - The Verge

Duke Nukem is getting a movie from some guys who could actually pull it off - The Verge

Duke Nukem is getting a movie. Legendary Entertainment has tapped Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to actually produce a feature film.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you have no idea who Duke Nukem even is — that’s how hard the classic video game franchise cratered a decade ago. Today, the character is mostly known as a punchline for video game vaporware jokes, about how Duke Nukem Forever spent 14 years in development hell only to become a huge flop.

And yet for years now, Duke’s corporate owners have been whispering that a movie is coming, culminating in The Hollywood Reporter’s story today: Legendary Entertainment has tapped Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to actually produce a feature film.

I don’t quite know how to react! As a gamer who actually quite liked Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem II and Duke Nukem 3D, I absolutely agree that this movie should never be made because Duke Nukem has no depth and no story and was always designed to be a caricature. (Side note: the famous quote about coming to kick ass and chew bubblegum and being all out of gum? Like most of Duke’s other quotes, it’s from the movies they based him on.)

But have you seen Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid spinoff that reunites the original actors for a TV series that’s gone four seasons and counting and is maybe worthy of calling it a sequel? We were skeptical at first, but after a handful of episodes I had to admit they found something worth watching.

If anyone can redeem an old embarrassingly machismo and often insensitive franchise that’s become totally irrelevant to the modern era, it’s these people. They’ve got an entire playbook.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/6/10/23163260/duke-nukem-movie-cobra-kai-creators-legendary-3d-realms


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