Looks like Hollywood hasn’t quite given up on videogame adaptations – it was announced on March 7th that 20th Century Fox were developing a Just Cause movie starring Game of Thrones actor, Jason Mamoa. Directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas and… I’m not kidding: Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore…), and based on a reasonably popular trilogy of games, Mamoa will play Rico Rodriguez – a grizzled ‘Agency’ operative armed with a physics-defying grappling hook and a seemingly endless supply of parachutes, who is usually tasked with destabilising dictatorships in South American countries.
Developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix, the series has gained something of a reputation for being ludicrously over-the-top and ridiculous. The game’s relaxed approach to physics and logic coupled with the gigantic sandbox environment gives the player a huge amount of freedom and more than makes up for the trilogy’s many flaws – which include terrible dialogue and a badly written story.
It’s worth remembering that Hollywood has been trying to make a successful game adaptation for decades now, and while Just Cause could be the movie to finally break the much-talked-about ‘videogame curse’, it seems unlikely. For me, there is simply no way for a film to do the source material justice – especially from a practical standpoint. In the game, you can hook-shot onto a speeding jet and surf on the cockpit before chucking C4 on the nose cone and parachuting to safety.
I just can’t see that working on the big screen, sadly.
Source: Deadline Hollywood