It seems that we’re about to experience a new wave of video game film adaptations which will attempt to answer the ancient question, “Is it really that hard to make a watchable video game-based movie?” Along with Metal Gear Solid, Sleeping Dogs, and Uncharted, there is also a planned adaptation of Square Enix’s Just Cause series floating out there in the film wild.
Variety is now reporting that Jason Momoa – he of Game of Thrones and Aquaman fame – has signed on to star in the Just Cause film project. Momoa is set to play series protagonist Rico Rodriguez; a highly-skilled operative who completes various assignments for the mysterious organization known simply as the Agency. Presumably, said assignments will be completed within the confines of some exotic tropical locale, but that particular detail – along with many other aspects of the plot – is unconfirmed at this time.
Meanwhile, Brad Peyton (San Andreas) has been confirmed as the film’s director. Interestingly, Peyton is also working on a film version of the popular arcade game Rampage which stars none other than San Andreas lead, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. We’ll let you decide whether the producers that apparently looked at San Andreas and thought, “Now that’s what a video game movie should look like,” are in the right or not.
Speaking of producers, Peyton and Jeff Fierson will be handling the production of the Just Cause film via their ASAP Entertainment production company. Additional producers include Roy Lee (Vertigo Entertainment), Adrian Askarieh (Prime Universe Films), Eva Cao (Supernova Entertainment), as well as Mason Xu and Fan Dong of DNA Co. Ltd. It’s worth noting that the China-based studio DNA is handling the film’s financing. It seems that the China’s fascination with funding blockbuster action films continues to grow stronger and stronger.
There’s no word yet on when Just Cause will start shooting or if it will include scenes featuring Rodriguez tying cows to the blades of helicopters and then tying civilians to the cows. If it’s attempting to replicate the best parts of the Just Cause games, however, it most certainly should.
*Correction: The original version of this article suggested that Jason Momoa was in the film San Andreas. This information was incorrect. We apologize for the error.