Film adaptations of video games have always been hit or miss at the box office with “miss” being the most often used term to describe them, but that isn’t stopping the film-producing juggernaut that is Hollywood. The film adaptation of the popular video game series Just Cause has finally found its Agent Rico Rodriguez by casting none other than Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis, Conan the Barbarian, and Baywatch).
The film rights to the Just Cause franchise were picked up more than nine years ago by producer Adrian Askarieh (Hitman, Hitman: Agent 47, and Enormous), but no project has ever picked up any steam until this announcement. Not only has Momoa signed on to play the lead role, director Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and ZeD) will take on directing duties and bring screenwriter John Collee’s (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Happy Feet, and Son of a Gun) adaptation to life.
Peyton will also take on as Producer alongside his partner at ASAP Entertainment, Jeff Fierson. The film will be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Just Cause first launched on the PC and Console market in 2006 with sequels hitting the shelves in 2010 and 2015 so there are certainly a lot of fans out there who are excited at the prospect of revisiting the Just Cause world. The game revolves around Rico Rodriguez, a member of a covert organization called The Agency. There has not been any information leaked about the plot of the film, but it’s likely they will adapt it similarly with a new storyline for Rodriguez to follow.
As to when the film might be released, there is no date given and it will probably be a while. Momoa’s schedule is pretty packed with his obligations to the Justice League franchise and Peyton will be working to bring another video game film to life before tackling the Just Cause project. He is set to begin filming an adaptation of the hit arcade game Rampage for release on the 20th of April next year.