Horror fans probably remember the Duke Nukem video games better than most being that it boasts a classic tagline ripped straight from John Carpenter’s They Live. Yes, Duke gives homage to Roddy Piper’s Nada when he exclaims, “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubblegum…and I’m all out of gum.” The game’s hotly anticipated sequel was an absolute disaster and left fans with a bad taste in their mouths. Thankfully, the franchise still has life with Paramount Pictures developing a live-action adaptation with WWE superstar John Cena!
The Nukem video games follow muscular adventures of its titular protagonist, who initially was a mash-up of action-hero tropes. The muscular cigar-chomping figure has been fighting aliens in order to save planet Earth since 1991, when the first game was released. THR, who broke the news, adds that Platinum Dunes (The Purge, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, Ouija, A Nightmare On Elm Street) will be producing the adaptation.
It’s still super early as there’s no director on board at this stage. A search for a writer will begin soon to develop a script for what is intended to be a starring vehicle for Cena. The project was previously set up at Dimension Films, although the rights lapsed. Paramount picked up the movie rights from Gearbox Software, the company behind the game.