Duke Nukem
Image: Gearbox Publishing

If you love the classic first-person shooter icon Duke Nukem and also happen to be a fan of the Karate Kid revival Cobra Kai, you might want to read on...

According to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Entertainment (Dune, Godzilla) has acquired the Duke Nukem rights from Gearbox - signing on Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg as producers. Legendary will also produce - with Marla Studios' (a studio focused on video game adaptations) Jean Julien Baronet (Assassin's Creed) involved.

The original Duke Nukem by Apogee Software (3D Realms), made its debut in 1991 and later on helped popularised the first-person shooter series with Duke Nukem 3D. Duke Nukem Forever was announced after this as the next mainline entry but didn't officially see the light of day until 2011.

The series is known for its guns, over-the-top humour and adult themes, with the "world's greatest action hero" Duke saving Earth on a number of occasions from alien invaders. Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour was also released on the Switch eShop in 2020.

Gearbox previously had a Duke Nukem project in development with Paramount. It apparently involved John Cena but came to a halt. It's now focused on its own Borderlands adaptation, which is expected to arrive later this year. How would you feel about Duke hitting the big screen? Who would you cast as the lead actor? Leave your thoughts below.

[source hollywoodreporter.com]