A Duke Nukem movie is finally in the works with Cobra Kai creators attached

Brad Norton
Duke Nukem poster

Hypermasculine cheesy quote-generator Duke Nukem is officially making the jump to live-action as a feature film is now in development with Cobra Kai creators at the helm.

Despite being an iconic video game character through the 90s, for better or worse, the Duke Nukem name has largely been left alone in recent years. Beyond the infamously troubled Duke Nukem Forever, a game that finally hit store shelves in 2011, 13 years after its reveal, the franchise has remained dormant.

No new games are on the horizon for the king of cringe, but that’s not to say Duke is dead. Quite the opposite, in fact, as a feature film focusing on the braggadocious character is now in the works. That’s right, a Duke Nukem movie is officially on the way, with some big names bringing it to life.

Film rights have been acquired by Legendary Entertainment, as first confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. The production company behind blockbuster hits like The Dark Knight trilogy, Dune, and many others, is now tackling a live-action adaptation of Duke Nukem.

Duke Nukem Forever gameplay
The last time we saw Duke Nukem fending off an alien invasion was back in 2011.

The trios of Cobra Kai creators, Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg are all on board to produce, alongside Jean-Julien Baronnet who helped produce 2016’s Assassin’s Creed film.

Further details remain under wraps at this point in time. As for who will direct, who will star as Duke himself, and what the plot will entail, it all remains up in the air at this stage.

Previously, there were rumblings of WWE-turned-Hollywood star John Cena stepping into the king’s shoes for an earlier adaptation, however, those plans fizzled out. While the door could still be open for Cena to return to the role, nothing is yet locked in.

With the Duke Nukem movie now off the ground, it comes amid a more dedicated effort from Gearbox to adapt its most popular IP. Later this year, the star-studded Borderlands movie is finally expected to release, more than two years since principal photography wrapped.

About The Author

Brad Norton is the Australian Managing Editor at Dexerto. He graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has been working full-time in the field for the past six years at the likes of Gamurs Group and now Dexerto. He loves all things single-player gaming (with Uncharted a personal favorite) but has a history on the competitive side having previously run Oceanic esports org Mindfreak. You can contact Brad at brad.norton@dexerto.com