If you threw some comic books, a couple third-person shooter video games, and some B-list action films from the 1980s into a special Movie Blender™, you’d probably end up with the John Wick movies. Then again, depending on the specific content of those ingredients, you might instead end up with the destruction-heavy adventure story Just Cause.
So it’s no surprise, then, that John Wick trilogy writer Derek Kolstad has been hired to write the script for a Just Cause movie based on those games. Read more about that franchise (and watch some truly insane gameplay videos) below.
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No one remembers or talks about Avalanche Studios’ Just Cause, which came and went in 2006. However, just about everyone who has held a video game controller remembers and talks about Just Cause 2, which hit shelves and 2010 and remains popular this day. It may be one of the purest video games ever made, a sandbox of pure destruction that presents the player with a playground full of vehicles and bad guys and just says “Go have fun.” There is a story here, but the game barely pauses to comment on what’s going on. It’s more interested in finding the next thing for you to blow to smithereens with a rocket launcher while surfing on a crashing jet. (Meanwhile, Just Cause 3 is just pretty good.)
So the news that Aquaman himself Jason Momoa is starring in a Just Cause movie and that San Andreas‘ Brad Peyton is set to direct fills me with conflicting emotions. I valued my time with Just Cause 2 very much, but only because it completely threw away any sense of coherence. Can a film adaptation work at all?
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Producers Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter have been discussing their various in-development videogame movies, giving very candid status updates and even the odd bit of surprising news. Perhaps the biggest single headline would be the signing of Bruce Willis for a Kane and Lynch movie. If you don’t know the game and can’t make and educated guess but are still somehow curious, he’d be the titular Kane.
In Summer of 2008, it was reported that Willis was in negotiations and Russ noted that he was still attached a few months ago. This latest break sounds somewhat more solid.
More on that, and a good handful of other bits and pieces after the break.
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