John Cena in talks to play Duke Nukem in movie adaptation

This is such perfect casting it's absolutely crazy. Believe it or not, none other than John Cena is in talks to play Duke Nukem in an upcoming film adaptation. The movie is being worked on by Paramount, with Platinum Dunes, the company run by Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, producing. The search for a director and writer is going on right now.

Duke Nukem games have appeared on the Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, and Nintendo DS

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Mon Jan 22 18 09:14pm
Rating: 5

There going to make a Duke Nukem movie in this day and age? With all the nagging whining people there are today? How could they make this without removing a ton of the sexual themes the series is famous for?

He definitely looks the part but I admit I'm having trouble imagining anyone besides Jon st Jon doing the voice of Duke (well aside from Lazy Game Reviews, whose Duke impersonation is actually pretty darn spot on, dude's a huge Duke fan to boot).

Mon Jan 22 18 08:55pm
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Not a bad choice but I would go with Ron Perlman myself. He has the voice and the look already going for him.

Yo! Pearlman is perfect! He’s also older and a little more ‘gritty’ than Cena. Would work nice I’d think. Good call.

Mon Jan 22 18 09:14pm
Rating: 5

There going to make a Duke Nukem movie in this day and age? With all the nagging whining people there are today? How could they make this without removing a ton of the sexual themes the series is famous for?

Mon Jan 22 18 09:26pm
Rating: 4

Don't worry, it won't hit theaters until 2031, so they have a lot of time to figure that out.

a) Modern media is hardly squeaky clean regardless
b) Whether they change the tone of the movie and/or character, or stay true to the tone while simultaneously ridiculing it, there will be plenty of grousing about how an over-the-top cheesy macho man (something of a parody from the start) was neutered--I imagine you won't have a problem with that nagging and whining, eh?

Whining fans can be annoying, but generally someone who is passionate about something is a little sympathetic. What's more annoying is people whining about things they have no interest in and have no buisiness sticking their noses into.

They are obviously very interested and passionate, have every right to "stick their noses" here. You have drawn an arbitrary line between what is and is not acceptable to care about (which happens to fit in neatly with what you personally care about), and you should realize that it's dangerously close to sounding like "feminists have no right to complain about our games."

Wed Jan 31 18 06:12am
Rating: 1

Obviously the consumer matters more than the moral guardian. What if there were Conservative Christians who wanted to remove or alter works with too much violence? What if there was a group of KKK members who thought there was too many black people in a movie?

Do they have every right to stick their noses in as well?

The point is if you make a product for an audience, cater to the audience and not the whiners.

Do they have every right to stick their noses in as well?


This isn't theoretical. There are plenty of groups and individuals who are vocal about violence in movies. You might be relieved to know that, by and large, there hasn't been a marked decrease in violence in movies (if anything).

Movie studios generally want to reach/create as wide an audience as possible, and that often means appealing to more than one demographic. If they wanted to make a movie that was truly faithful to Duke Nukem and its "true" audience, it would get an R rating at best--and that limits how many tickets they can tell, especially since the people most likely to find Duke Nukem appealing are teenagers. Even if there wasn't a vocal chorus of "whiners" (something you're worrying about before it's actually happened), the movie would very likely be watered down to get that sweet, lucrative PG-13 rating. So, if you're going to get mad at anyone for not catering to you, look to the studio execs.

Sat Feb 03 18 08:55am
Rating: 1

This usually leads to disasterous results like a few R to PG-13 reboots. But that's a different subject of executives trying to maximize a profit on something that really can't be maximized and ultimately ends up alienating everyone. But my statement was more about movie makers caving into the demands of a vocal minority.

And your right, everyone has a right to voice their opinion on something. I just don't think it's very smart to demand something must change that you had no interest in the first place. My philosophy is that if you don't like it don't see it. But Duke fans already have an investment in this subject.

I really can't say it's not right. Because they do have the right. But I can say it's not fair. Things don't have to cater to everyone (and in reality they can't). But they probably should cater to the fans, the one's who invested in the ip.

Or atleast I can be sympathic to the fans whining and not the people who have no interest in Duke. Why is that so hard to understand?

Either way you are right about another thing. I DON'T know if there is going to be non-fan whiners on this since it hasn't happened yet.

I'd hope it won't be heavily watered down like every Duke Nukem game on a Nintendo system has been.

Weirdly, I avoid video game movies, am indifferent toward pro wrestlers, and actively dislike Michael Bay's productions, and yet this news got me really excited. If the movie doesn't take itself very seriously all those elements could at least add up to something really fun.

I suppose a small part of me is also happy Duke Nukem isn't completely dead.

Funny thing is... I think Duke Nukem is the one thing Michael Bay could actually make. I mean... his movies literally all have been stupid sexual humor, ball jokes, and explosions. Pretty much the description of Duke Nukem. :P

It's just his production company. Platinum Dunes produces dozens of movies and for some reason the Turtles movies were the only ones that kept getting saddled with him "making" them too.

I'm here to perform wrestling moves and chew bubble gum, and I'm all out of wrestling moves.

Sounds like that'll be a boring performance, then! =P

Mon Jan 22 18 10:16pm
Rating: 1

No way he could play Duke and be true to who Duke is. A Duke movie would have to be a hard R rated movie because of all the blood and sexual content. I don't see that movie being made in modern Hollywood especially with the climate there now.

Before Deadpool became the highest grossing R-rated film of all time I'd have agreed with you, anything is possible now.

Not for John Cena. He's extremely image conscious and his audience is children. No way he could do a faithful interpretation of the Duke, unless he's willing to take a huge risk. He has the look to play the part, for sure, but he'd be putting his image on the line. I can't picture Cena acting out the sexual content this series is known for.

"Duke Nukem games have appeared on the Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, and Nintendo DS"

I feel like RMC wrote that especially for those users who always ask "H0w is this N1ntend0 newZ???!/?"

You KNOW he did. He's done that on damn near every article that is about a game that's multiplatform but hasn't necessarily been on a Nintendo system recently. Kinda feel like it should be up to the reader to look that shit up, but eh.

Mon Jan 22 18 11:03pm
Rating: 1

Sure. Whatever.

Can we get another game too? Doom 2016 has me wanting more fast paced 90's FPS revivals.

May as well bring that anniversary version of Duke Nukem 3D to the eShop too.

John Cena seems like a really cool guy, but he almost seems like he's a bit *too* much of a "gentle giant" type to be Duke Nukem. I mean, yeah, I know, former Marine and wrestler, but like... he doesn't put on the Duke attitude. But this could be a good way to show his acting chops, so... I'll have to wait and see.

the company run by Michael Bay,

Uwe Boll, Michael Bay...why do only shitty producers make video game adaptations?

I can make two guesses.

Either it's that there is not a lot of money in movies about games (due to them perpetually being bad), and these guys are willing to do it for relatively cheap.
Or they've just done so many video game movies, they're seen as the experts and are always asked because of their 'reputation', and it's some sort of snowball effect.

Or it's a combination of the two. Or I'm missing the mark completely. =P

Michael Bay + John Cena + Duke Nukem = A Match Made In Hell. Very Happy

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