It was announced a few years back that a movie based on the Just Cause video game franchise was in development and that there might even be a “shared universe” of movies based on Square Enix games that would include Hitman, Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Thief. While that obviously didn’t pan out (like a lot of so-called shared universes), this week the Just Cause movie is moving forward once again. The project is set up at Constantin Film, the same production company behind the Resident Evil movies and Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming Monster Hunter adaptation, and now they have a writer and director on board. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to The Wrap, Stuber director Michael Dowse will helm Just Cause from a script written by John Wick creator Derek Kolstad. Dowse got his start directing comedies like FUBAR and Goon, but has since moved into action-comedy territory with his most recent film being the Netflix buddy cop flick Coffee & Kareem. The Just Cause video games also have an over-the-top comedic tone and revolve around a U.S. covert agent named Rico Rodriguez who is dispatched to overthrow oppressive regimes with the help of a grappling hook, parachute and a lot of guns and explosions.
Brad Peyton (Rampage, San Andreas) was previously attached to direct this movie, which might lead one to assume that Dwayne Johnson was under consideration to star at one point. That being said, the most recent rumours indicated that Jason Momoa might play Rico Rodriguez. As it stands right now he no longer appears to be involved. Are you looking forward to a Just Cause movie?