With the third John Wick movie topping the box office, it’s safe to say that series creator and writer Derek Kolstad knows how to present a back-to-basics action movie. Now Kolstad is working on an adaptation of the game series perhaps most synonymous with big, dumb, action movie antics: Just Cause.
German production company Constantin Film (which is also working on the Monster Hunter movie) has picked up the movie rights to Just Cause and brought in Kolstad to write the script. Constantin’s Robert Kulzer and Prime Universe Films’ Adrian Askarieh are on board as producers. The two have been involved with the Resident Evil and Hitman films, respectively.
“The project is a top priority for Constantin,” according to the Variety report, and is set to begin filming in 2020. If talk of a Just Cause movie sounds familiar, you might be thinking of 2017’s announcement of a film adaptation starring Jason Momoa as Rico Rodriguez. That one’s apparently fallen through, but hey – maybe Momoa will still come on board.
Kolstad was also set to work on another videogame adaptation – the appropriately assassin-themed world of Hitman. News of a Hulu TV series focused on Agent 47 hit back in 2017 as well, though we’ve heard little on the project since.
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In other words, don’t count on a videogame adaptation until actors are in front of a camera. The Mortal Kombat movie is starting to look likely, and filming has finished on Netflix’s Witcher series, so you can look to projects like those for now as you await more live action game adaptations. Detective Pikachu’s box office success might just mean there are a lot more on the way.