A Duke Nukem movie is apparently in the works, with wrestler John Cena apparently in negotiations to play the title role.
Duke Nukem is joining We Happy Few, Sleeping Dogs, and Just Cause in being bought up by movie studios.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film, which is currently without a writer, script, or director, will be produced by Transformer director Micheal Bay’s Platinum Dunes studio, having been set up by Paramount. The rights to the Duke Nukem franchise were acquired from Borderlands developer Gearbox Studios.
The character himself first appeared in 1991’s imaginatively-titled Duke Nukem. Initially intended as a mash-up for various action figure tropes, by the time 2011’s Duke Nukem Forever came around, Duke had become an awkwardly offensive caricature. The character’s most recent appearance was in last year’s Bulletstorm DLC, where he also failed to make much of an impression.
John Cena rose to fame as a professional wrestler. In recent years he has starred in feature films Daddy’s Home and its sequel, and is set to appear in Bumblebee, a Transformers spinoff also produced by Micheal Bay.