The planned feature film adaptation of Duke Nukem has picked up a new producer as development on the project resumes.
Jean-Julien Baronnet, who previously produced the 2016 Assassin's Creed film, is now attached to the adaptation of the popular shooter video game franchise.
Paramount had originally optioned an adaptation of Duke Nukem at the beginning of the year with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes slated to produce the film. Professional wrestler John Cena was in talks to play the titular alien-stomping hero this past March before production stalled and Paramount dropped the project.
Gearbox Software, the video game developer who acquired the rights to Duke Nukem a decade ago, are currently meeting with writers to develop a treatment to sell to a major film studio to begin production in earnest.
"He’s a parody of 1980s action heroes and he’s like Deadpool in terms of being able to break the fourth wall," explained Gearbox Vice President of Business Development Sean Haren in an interview with Variety. "We see a lot of humor in his confronting the values of today while trying to save the world.”