Hitman film producer picks up Just Cause rights - Report

Variety says Adrian Askarieh has secured film license for Avalanche Software's free-roaming, adrenaline-filled action adventure.

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Hollywood typically picks the gaming industry's premier, name-brand properties to migrate to celluloid, but that isn't always the case. Following on from speculation that Steven Spielberg has been attached to executive produce a movie based on Bungie's Halo franchise, Variety reports that Avalanche Software's Just Cause may also be getting the big-screen treatment.

A picturesque scene, one might say.

According to the film-industry trade, Adrian Askarieh has picked up the rights to make a film based on Avalanche's original property, which Eidos Interactive published in 2006. The collaboration wouldn't be a first for Askarieh and Eidos. The Hollywood producer and British publisher also teamed on Fox's Hitman in 2007, and Askarieh is also involved in Lionsgate's Kane & Lynch adaptation, Variety notes.

Variety's repot is light on details, but it does note that Askarieh is attempting to secure $30 million in independent financing for the Just Cause film. "Hitman was a very successful movie for Fox, and I wanted to find a similar project in terms of its genre, international appeal, and ability to do for a price, but do it independently in order to maximize the creative and financial upside that a project like this could generate," Askarieh told Variety.

The original Just Cause received measurably positive reviews when it debuted on the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Xbox, and PC in 2006. The game followed protagonist Rico Rodriguez, who sowed sedition on the fictitious island nation of San Esperito in a bid to overthrow a corrupt dictator. The game was primarily noted for its outlandish stunts, in which Rodriguez could hitch rides on the wings of in-flight planes, base-jump from cliffs, and parasail from moving vehicles.

Though hit hard by layoffs in late 2008, Avalanche Software remains at work on Just Cause 2, as well as The Hunter. Check out GameSpot's coverage of Just Cause 2 from the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo for more on the game.

Discussion

47 comments
travinator41
travinator41

@BlackFalcon128 UP YOURS! also all you other people that only have bad things to say about this STOP READING ABOUT IT THEN!

travinator41
travinator41

HELL YEA Assassin's Creed movies!!!!!!!!!

EL1CHEF
EL1CHEF

they should do a assassins creed movie ,now that is a movie

david_joseph93
david_joseph93

Ahh man, Gun Play seems like the same thing.... It should´ve been more kinda tactical with aiming without Ironsights and also physics seems way to unrealistic they should improve a bit more, and it should be like WOOOOOOW!

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

and in other news walt disney and nintendo have talks of a merger haha unorigionality at its finest.. however i would still see it if its not another street fighter!

david_joseph93
david_joseph93

Well Just Cause 1 was a good ride when it lasted. Gun Play needed Extreme Polish and Damage Overhaul. Also some of the Game features needed more polish. But hell, it is a really good game.

CptAsbjoern
CptAsbjoern

Sure Just Cause was a fun game, and sure im prly gonna buy the second, but come on... Don't try and turn it into something its not.

BlackFalcon128
BlackFalcon128

I didnt play the first, i wont play the second and iam sure as hell not going to see a movie based off this game. I know there running out of ideas for movies but COMEON.....*plam to face*

Pitlord3
Pitlord3

this game kinda had aspects of a action movie... but the doesnt mean it will be a good movie when it comes out

Trogeton
Trogeton

The only successful game that was turned into a movie was Resident Evil... I'm not sure about this one

BigBad95
BigBad95

I've got a brilliant idea! Why don't they not make any movies based on videogames and why don't they bugger off and leave our games alone.

ASG_
ASG_

MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES yeah I love games.

Imwicked
Imwicked

Standing on a roof of a car which is blazing through a jungle on 200 km/h, while shooting down badguys? He must be a Jedi. Good for a cheap trash movie, imo, nothing i'll go to cinema for, though.

bennie12
bennie12

Not only did the Hitman movie suck. Just Cause was nothing special. These people are idiots.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

JUST CAUSE!?....i mean that wasnt a bad game or an awesome game but really? he couldve picked something up different like....deus ex....i mean come on!

NuKkU
NuKkU

Seriously...................does every game need to be a movie now.......

Inconnux
Inconnux

hitman movie was pretty decent but i've never even heard of just cause...

custerke
custerke

Dont know about this 1, Just Cause wasnt a rly good game tbh. I'm not convinced yet.

Barighm
Barighm

Not sure about this game, but the Hitman movie wasn't half bad.

eagles_band
eagles_band

It seems like every game is getting a move, or reported so. But haven't seen any info on them whatsoever.

taouin
taouin

one thing to say about hitman: red dress.

kamizuka
kamizuka

awesome game no wonder they are making a movie based on it.

Neogenic
Neogenic

Too bad that Hollywood makes those movies that were made based on a videogame seem cheap.

Velvik
Velvik

this is going to be a fun game I hope it has more missioins even though the older game had lot's of missions but I hope they more variety in settlement missions

ele975
ele975

Good lord, stop!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

.....or hollywood could start thinking of its OWN ideas for movies, for a change.

Melty123
Melty123

Just Cause 2 looks really amazing and fun to play.

Excedra
Excedra

Just Cause rocks!!!!!! loved that game. I think antonio banderas should be rico, haha

trodeback
trodeback

Antonio Bandaras needs to be the main character or the film will suck

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

Just Cause?! C'mon, thats such a minor game. I mean whats next? A film version of Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddlers Green?! I'm sure his nibs is already preparing Tunnel Rats starring Burt Reynolds for us!

Blackdeath099
Blackdeath099

Well... Just Cause is a nice title.... 'Just sad that the Hitman movie was a total failure...

Pete5506
Pete5506

If the movie is done right it could be good

Gabe447
Gabe447

all they need now as they main guy is Antonio bandaras XD

Vegna871
Vegna871

I see many "If this is done right......"s. so i figure I'll be the one to say it. Yeah, if its done right it'd be great. the problem is, it's Hollywood. So long as they're making a movie based of of something (be it book, videogame, or anime) they NEVER do ANYTHING right.

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

Just Cause was pretty average.. and hitman movie was average... so i only can assume average movie. That's not bad, it will be god compare to Uwe Boll's movie

theoasis77
theoasis77

Wow let's make a movie out of a totally bland game. These people are nuts and so is Eidos.

MetalStorm759
MetalStorm759

Hitman had good action but it left out important details in the storyline which really killed the experience

joeshoe1121
joeshoe1121

it wont be done right. If hitman is any indication to go by, this movie is going to be REALLY bad

firehawk998
firehawk998

You kow Hollywood is out of ideas these days when there are a growing number of big production houses preparing to make Videogames into movies. @jakethesnake159 = You are right if this movie is done 100% right from the director, actors, then this has the potential to be one of the best action movies ever.

MAJORLAGGY
MAJORLAGGY

whoa...I wonder how many more games their going to turn into movies.

yang_fox
yang_fox

hollywood is out of ideas or what?! XD