While we aren’t as able to get excited for video game adaptations as we used to after the huge number of failures we’ve seen over the years (looking at you Assassin’s Creed), this latest news does have us intrigued.
Deadline reports that plans are moving forward with an adaptation of Just Cause, the open-world adventure game that pushed physics to the limit and allowed you to blow up EVERYTHING. The film will be directed by Brad Peyton, who has formerly brought San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – both starring action heavyweight Dwayne Johnson – to the big screen.
Joining Peyton will be DCEU star Jason Momoa, who is playing Aquaman both in Justice League and his own solo film directed by James Wan. Momoa will take on the role of Rico Rodriguez, an operative for the creatively named Agency, usually tasked with toppling an evil regime in a war-torn region of some kind.
If you’ve every played Just Cause – developed by Square Enix and Avalanche Studios – then chances are you spent more time bending the laws of physics or blowing the town(s) all to hell instead of actually following the missions, though those also called for much destruction and high-flying stunts. This is usually thanks to Rico’s wrist-mounted grappling hook and extensive arsenal, something which is sure to make for some interesting visuals on the big screen.
Not much else has been revealed for the film, except for the fact that producers are allegedly planning a franchise based on the video game, which would follow the game’s evolution as Rico moved on to bigger and badder despots to take down. However, given the current mood surrounding video game adaptations, it might be best to plan to make one good movie first before worrying about a possible franchise.
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