John Cena to Star in Duke Nukem Movie?

The Hollywood Reporter reports that wrassler John Cena is being considered for the lead in a Duke Nukem movie. This seems like a reasonable choice for Duke, presuming Guy Fieri was unwilling to get into shape for the role. Most of Duke's lines in games are from other movies, so it will be interesting to see how a script for such a project would turn out. Here's word on where this project stands, none of which sounds like a done deal:
The wrestler-turned-actor is negotiations to star in Duke Nukem, a big-screen adaptation of the popular video game franchise featuring the politically incorrect action hero that is set up at Paramount.

Platinum Dunes, the company run by Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, will produce the movie.

No director is on board at this stage. A search for a writer will begin soon to develop a script for what is intended to be a starring vehicle for Cena.

The Nukem video games follow muscular adventures of its titular protagonist, who initially was a mash-up of action-hero tropes. The muscular cigar-chomping figure has been fighting aliens in order to save planet Earth since 1991, when the first game was released.

The project was previously set up at Dimension Films, although the rights lapsed. Paramount picked up the movie rights from Gearbox Software, the company behind the game.
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I suspect Paramount just picked up the rights because they were cheap. They'll juggle about for a bit without actually deciding on a project and the rights will lapse again. Gearbox gets some easy money.

Although I'd like to see the guy that did Manborg (and later The Void) take a swing at making the movie, it would benefit from that quirky low-tech 90's videogame / DTV movie look far more than a generic SFX type movie.
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