Just Cause film gets a screenwriter - Report

<i>Turistas</i> writer Michael Ross penning script for upcoming video game film; Eric Eisner’s L + E Pictures also on board alongside producer Adrian Askarieh.

Last year, Hollywood trade magazine Variety reported that Avalanche Studios’ Just Cause video game series was headed to the big screen. The reveal included scant details on the project, confirming only that producer Adrian Askarieh (Hitman) was on board. Now, the same magazine is offering fresh details on the would-be movie.

A Just Cause film is dropping in too.

According to Variety's new report, Michael Ross, who penned the script for the 2006 horror film Turistas, is penning the screenplay for the forthcoming Just Cause feature film. Also, joining in on the film’s production is L + E Pictures, led by Eric Eisner, the son of the former Disney executive Michael Eisner.

The report also confirms that Adrian Askarieh and Prime Universe Productions are still on board with the project. Askarieh is no stranger to turning video games to films. He produced a film version of the Hitman video game franchise and is also attached to the film adaptation of Kane and Lynch, which will star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx.

Unfortunately, the Variety report was light on further specifics. It did not announce any actors, a possible release date, or any other information on the film.

As for the series, 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.

Its sequel, Just Cause 2, was released in late March to a warmer reception. The game retained the 2006 original's open-world gameplay, complete with over-the-top parachute jumps and grappling-hook antics. Players again stepped into the role of Rico, a government agent on the trail of his rogue ex-mentor. Standing between Rico and his ex-boss is a military regime on a fictitious South Pacific island that is made up of everything from lush jungles to snow-capped mountains.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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raydrone
raydrone

that would be really easy to make....but add high octane action though...to make it feel like just cause

lagginswag
lagginswag

definately looking forward to this!

Creigz
Creigz

@WafflePrime I think you have a point. Most action games can be easily molded into decent movies. Just Cause could be done like The Expendables, just ridiculously fun and action packed. No real substance, but just entertainment.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

People need to learn that not all video games are fit to become movies. Very few if any would be very good. Halo might be a good fit judging from the live action commercials.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

I don't think a film like this would need a decent script.

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

Finally an action film that can have lots of destruction, guns, explosions, and bad acting. What an exciting new direction for the genre. Hold on a minute! That sounds just like one (or fifty) other films I've seen!

Henninger
Henninger

Y r they making this movie???? The games sucked bad!!! This movie is gonna flop hard.

brok
brok

Haha this could be great fun. But I hope they realise it WILL need to have Antonio Banderas as Rico or it just won't work... And Bolo Santosi will be freakin' hilarious! Hopefully it's the story from JC2, but includes that dialogue from JC1 after a nuclear silo erupts and destroys a whole island: Sheldon: Jesus, Rico- what the hell did you do to that island!? Rico: It was starting to piss me off.

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

Why are they making this movie? Just 'cause. Let the pun sink in for a second.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope this turns out well, but I have no idea how thats going to happen

Joesocwork
Joesocwork

I actually can see this being made into a movie. Bruce Campbell would make a great Tom Sheldon! But not that it would defy all odds and actually be one of the first video games into a movie that would be any good or anything... :P

EL1CHEF
EL1CHEF

assassins creed movies sounds better just because (jajaja get it) of its story and the parkour gameplay , just cause dosen't have a good enough story for a movie

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Ok everybody now, give my an O! Give me an M! Give me a G! OMG! OMG! When will film makers stop throwing money away on movies about games. There are 2 rules in the universe that have never and never will be broken: 1. Games about movies are never good 2. Movies about games are never good. End of story, why dont you just give me half the money you were going to spend on this movie, we can go out back, Ill kick you in the jewels and well call it a day (classic line from Viva Las Vegas)

emacdaddy08
emacdaddy08

what? not Uwe bol? I'm rather disappointed....

amari24
amari24

Wow.. Hollywood just finds anything to pull out of their asses.

made_u_look
made_u_look

Haven't they made a movie like Just Cause instead wasn't it called XXX with Vin Diesel then Ice Cube. I mean same concept these retards in Hollywood really have run dry of ideas I mean all we see now are comic book movies graphic novel movies video game movies reboot movies of epic movies that didn't need a reboot.

wis3boi
wis3boi

this is movie worthy? really? -__- Mass Effect movies please, thanks.

made_u_look
made_u_look

@The-Techspert you are win sir, I actually see that conversation taking place in real life.

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

Who cares about video game movies anyways.

green_dominator
green_dominator

Two movie studio execs walk into a bar, you'd think it funny because you would think the second exec would see it after the first exec hits it...... That's Hollywood for ya.

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

A conversation between two movie execs: Person 1: Johnson, put the mass effect, halo and god of war movies on the backburner. We've got Just Cause! Person 2 (aka Johnson): Sir, why would we make a film about a game series that's moderately successful at best instead of critically acclaimed ones that have sold millions of copies worldwide? Person 1: You sicken me, Johnson. If I wasn't banging your wife I would fire you for insubordination!

sliperywhenwet6
sliperywhenwet6

Why not make a movie based of something with an actually decent story that has a chance to get good ratings, when you can make one with a ton of explosions and death? Seriosuly, WTF? Make a damn movie based off Half Life or Uncharted or something that actually has a good story. And I'm glad Valve will handle an HL film on there own. They literally turned down every script because they were all so bad. I would only trust Valve to make a movie about one of their games.

Dagamemonkey
Dagamemonkey

I love Just Cause 2! I don't like it when Hollywood @#$% games up...

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

seriously, jamie foxx in kane and lynch?? Samuel L Jackson as nick fury in iron man 2? it's starting to seem like people feel its racist if they don't replace characters with different races.. I don't understand... seems more racist to me that they change the story. They should remake scarface and instead of Al Pacino, they should have that Michael Cera guy from superbad. Seriously though, if they replaced characters from books/games/comics, that were supposed to be black and made them white, what would people say?

Branmuffin316
Branmuffin316

Duke Nukem starring Dolph Lundgren needs to be made

Skargamer
Skargamer

The 'story' of Just Cause is as cheesy as mozarella cheese on a cheese pizza! It's story is not what the game is even remotely known for! It's the awesome gameplay ad fun that comes from it! Not the bare bones 'story'! A Gears movie or a Metal Gear movie would be good but Just Cause? What's wrong with them?

Oracleas
Oracleas

I don't understand, the Hitman movie sucked... why do they add the producer from there? get a good producer man.. And they're only making a movie out of this because the gaming industry nowadays is wealthier than the movie industry, so Hollywood wants in on the action.. this will crash and burn

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

When will the game industry learn to let Hollywood stop making films based on games

amjadmasri
amjadmasri

they are making a film on the only game without a good story

amjadmasri
amjadmasri

why dont they do a splinter cell conviction movie it has the best story ever but jc2 doesnt have a story lol

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

The game had a story so weak that a movie couldn't possible be made without a total re-write. While a good game in it's own right with good mechanics and visuals, translating that sense of adventure and excitement to the big screen while simultaneously re-writing the script, seems a very tall order. I personally loved the game, but the chances of success for a JC2 movie... I'd say the glass is half empty.

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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Wam11
Wam11

who in the film industry is like lets make a movie based off a video game.. yeah which game? oh how about just cause 2 !! yeah! okay! that game where it originally was based around stealing any vehicle and base jumping and then had a story put in to liberate it.. yeah.. perfect.... HALO MOVIE WHERE ARE YOU

sochio
sochio

the gme is incredible the aim system is awful but still it great

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

Can't wait too see Bolo Santosi :P

protoroc
protoroc

Only played the demo but this game would make a for a decent Michael Bay stupid summer action blockbuster. The game is filled with silly stunts and ridiculous explosions, seems like a match made in Heaven

JesusFreak1990
JesusFreak1990

@jesusismyhomie I totally agree, the story for me was so terrible, and the ending... don't even get me started lol. :P Gameplay wise the game is truly fun, I'd never see a movie for it though.

jesusismyhomie
jesusismyhomie

Huge flop. the Game's story is so bad that it just doesnt make sense making it into a movie. Just Cause is all about the gameplay anyway!! so... its going to be more like a very bad action Bond film.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Will it star Sean Connery?

ErrolJames
ErrolJames

I look forward to not watching it on airplanes