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New Doom Movie in the Works at Universal

New Doom Movie in the Works at Universal

It was almost 13 years ago that Doom got its own action movie with Dwayne Johnson, but a new tweet by actress Nina Bergman reveals that Universal Studios is once again putting the intellectual property back onto the film forefront. Nina’s tweet is the first evidence that a film reboot of Doom was even on the cards, with the actress revealing that the script is complete and that she’s signed on for a role in the movie. It’s not known how extensive her role will be, but for the moment she’s the only confirmed cast member in Universal Studios’ second attempt to do justice for the gory franchise.

Bergman followed up on her initial tweet by stating that the new Doom movie had a much better script than the original, which scored a lowly 19% on the rating website Rotten Tomatoes. Dwayne Johnson, who had a starring role in the original, recently took a shot at the poorly-received original film by calling it a ‘stinker’ on Twitter last week. Universal Studios will be hoping for a much better reception this time around, especially now that movies like Assassin’s Creed have shown that game-based movies can produce decent profit margins (despite a similarly poor reception from critics). The original Doom movie cost about $60,000,000 to make, but clawed back only $55,000,000 at the box office.

Bethesda Studios has had plenty of success with the rebirth of the Doom intellectual property, with the reboot becoming a standout title in the FPS genre. The series has been known for its relentless action and exaggerated gore, which means a silver screen adaptation won’t be friendly for audiences of all ages. Despite the adult-oriented action, Nintendo stayed true to its promise of hosting games for all ages and added the title to its Nintendo Switch library several months ago, further increasing the brand’s reach to gamers who may have otherwise missed out on the title.

The director for the movie hasn’t been revealed, but Bergman implied a “super cool” director was already attached. Beyond this, she replied to a few now-deleted tweets from director Tony Giglio, who has plenty of action experience from movies like S.W.A.T.: Under Siege and Resident Evil: Afterlife. While it’s possible Tony deleted his tweets for unrelated reasons, this likely makes him a frontrunner for the directing role in the Doom reboot.

Despite the fact that Doom is a recognizable and highly-praised game series with many miles behind it, movie fans may not be so quick to give the franchise a chance in cinemas due to the 2005 original. Universal will have to make sure the world’s eventual first look at the second attempt is highly polished, or it could be a non-starter for a franchise otherwise chock full of value.

Doom is in development at Universal Studios.

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