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John Cena could play Duke Nukem in upcoming movie

By midian182 · 19 replies
Jan 23, 2018
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  1. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Or, as is the case with Hollywood’s attempt to make a high-quality video game movie, keep on trying no matter how many critically panned productions get churned out. Could a live-action version of Duke Nukem starring former WWE Champion John Cena break the long-running trend? According to the Hollywood Reporter, the ex-wrestler is in talks to play the politically incorrect hero.

    While no director has been attached to the project, it is reportedly being produced by Platinum Dunes, the company run by Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller that was behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and the Purge franchise. The Duke Nukem title is supposed to be a “starring vehicle” for Cena, and the search for a writer is now underway.

    Duke Nukem 3D was incredibly popular when it was released back in 1996, but after fifteen years in development hell, the 2011 sequel, Duke Nukem Forever, was a disaster.

    In all fairness, John Cena does sound like a good candidate for the role. Duke Nukem is seen as a bit of relic from another age these days, but the movie could play up to this fact in a comedic way. It’s just a surprise that The Rock wasn’t put forward for the part—maybe the awfulness that was Doom is still fresh in his mind.

    No video game movie adaptations have received Rotten Tomato or Metacritic scores of over 50 percent, though international audiences often help boost their box office takings.

    In other video game movie news, two new Tomb Raider TV spots have appeared ahead of its release in March.

    And speaking of The Rock, check out the new trailer for Rampage, which is based on the 1986 arcade game.

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  2. GreyFoxx

    GreyFoxx TS Booster Posts: 91   +63

    I feel that this won't end well for anyone *Sips half empty drink*
    Reehahs and dirtyferret like this.
  3. ArdvarkMaster

    ArdvarkMaster TS Booster Posts: 31   +25

    Four graphic engine changes, eleven director changes, and the apocalypse will pass before this movie is aired starring a yet to be named "Son of Cena".
    Reehahs and EClyde like this.
  4. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 237   +169

    As much as I detest Michel Bay. Actually I think he would probably do a good job making a Duke Nuk'em movie.
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,996   +1,381

    Hollywood is clearly running out of ideas.

    I know there have been a number of movies made based off of successful computer games, but I can't think off the top of my head if any have been worth watching. Maybe the Resident Evil movies, but those have been barely mediocre at best. The bulk of them have been total garbage.
  6. zzxap19

    zzxap19 TS Rookie

    Just Don't.
    No good will come of this.
  7. dirtyferret

    dirtyferret TS Evangelist Posts: 479   +504

    Will this be coming straight to Netflix or will I have to wait six months before it comes up on Netflix and I don't watch it??
    EClyde likes this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,586   +701

    I just don't think the newer generations get or appreciate the comedy from the days of DN 3D... So I just don't see this being a success. But who knows, maybe it could be funny.

    I think Hulk Hogan would be a better option though to play Duke.
  9. pencea

    pencea TS Addict Posts: 144   +95

    The first Mortal Kombat wasn’t too shabby either.

    In regards to Cena being in the a Duke Nukem movie I’m not sure if it’s possible. The audience won’t be able to see him.
    Reehahs and Vrmithrax like this.
  10. Isn't Hollywood still playing the "MeToo/I was a prostitute" game and now they want to make a film about... the womanizer of all womanizers?

    Somebody should break a broom handle off in your *** if you think this is going to turn out well.
  11. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,630   +3,083

    I'm going to nominate Carol Burnett for the role .... at least we'll get a few laughs .....
    Reehahs, dirtyferret and EClyde like this.
  12. Kashim

    Kashim TS Booster Posts: 67   +45

    Funny to see some of the fake wrestling guys trying to cross over to movies in order to make big bucks. So far the only one who has any acting talent is The Rock. This Cena guy is a joke and couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag. At any rate, the movie will probably be a huge flop, the same as 99.99% of all movies based on a video game, even if they find a better actor.
  13. antiproduct

    antiproduct TS Booster Posts: 80   +56

    Maybe by "John Cena could play Duke Nukem" they meant that he might just be playing the video game in the movie and the movie itself will be totally different. Well, at least one can hope, right?
  14. I think he could play this part, only way this movie succeeds is to make this as over the top and as sexist as the original 3D in the 90's .........or really just don't make this movie.

    Just give me more Ryan Renyolds..... Deadpool not Green Lantern
  15. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,603   +573

    I don't care who plays him as long as he is beating the **** outta those that threaten us
  16. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 490   +38

    The problem isn't bay, the problem is it will be made so teens can watch the film, which will seriously water down Duke.
  17. Potato Judge

    Potato Judge TS Booster Posts: 150   +69

    Bruce Willis in his Heyday would've been nice.
  18. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 335   +88

    I don't know who his manager is, but this is a bad role for anyone.
  19. Nocturne

    Nocturne TS Addict Posts: 108   +61

    You would probably have more success w with shadow warrior movie.
  20. serverus14

    serverus14 TS Rookie

    I bet they can't see him :p

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