Hollywood keeps on trying to make those video game movies happen. It’s been a struggle for decades at this point, and while there have been a couple of solid films based on video game franchises, there really hasn’t been an outright hit. The Resident Evil movies worked for the audience they were aiming for, but didn’t need to become a huge hit in order to be a success. Warcraft only succeeded overseas, and Assassin’s Creed really didn’t please anybody, despite being the best suited to being a huge hit.
Nevertheless, despite all the failures, you have to hand it to studios for persevering. If you’ve been keeping track, we seem to have more video game movies in development now more than ever. Off the top of my head I can name Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell, Uncharted, and Borderlands, and we’re barely even scratching the surface of potentially-profitable IPs.
You can add another movie to the list. According to a report from Deadline, Aquaman star Jason Momoa has just signed on to star in the adaptation of the Avalanche Studios and Square Enix game series Just Cause. Set to helm this project is none other than Rampage and San Andreas director Brad Peyton. Adapting the screenplay is Master and Commander scribe John Collee.
While I’ve never been a huge fan of the Just Cause games, I do see the potential here, especially with Brad Peyton at the helm. While the dude hasn’t exactly churned out cinematic masterpieces, I had a hell of a time watching San Andreas (I’m expecting to be similarly entertained in Rampage), and hope to see the same, ridiculous, over-the-top nature in this flick. As far as Momoa taking on the role, it’s very hard to say how he’ll hold up. He certainly looks the part of an action hero star, but I haven’t seen enough to make a proper judgment on that.
What do you think of this news? Will you be lining up to see a Just Cause movie? Is anyone really asking for this? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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