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Just Cause Movie Adaptation Lands a Director

As the next franchise in line for a movie adaptation, Just Cause has Stuber director Michael Dowse lined up to head the upcoming film.

Since the release of the original game in 2006, the Just Cause series has always been about emulating the action that we see in blockbuster movies and letting players loose in a giant open world with its protagonist, Rico Rodriguez. Naturally, Just Cause is a prime candidate alongside other upcoming video game-to-movie adaptations like Uncharted, with a developing film based on the game series landing a director and working its way towards production.

In a report from Deadline, the upcoming movie adaptation of Just Cause has landed a director with Michael Dowse, who was previously known for films such as last year’s action comedy Stuber (starring Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista) and Coffee & Kareem, which debuted on Netflix this past April. The film is currently being coproduced by Constantin Film and Prime Universe, and has its screenplay being written by the John Wick trilogy writer Derek Kolstad.

According to Deadline, early details on the film clarify that it will stick pretty close to the premise of the game series, with Rico Rodriguez as the main protagonist (though no word has come yet on who will play him). The film will reportedly follow Rico on “a race-against-time mission to stop the mercenary group The Black Hand.” Additionally, the Just Cause film is also set to feature a female co-lead protagonist, which Deadline says will give the film “a Romancing the Stone vibe.”

Historically, video game-to-movie adaptations have had a spotty track record at best. In the pantheon of video games that have made their way to the big screen, there are far more hits than misses, but the past several years have started to see that trend turn around a bit. Last year saw the release of Warner Bros’ Detective Pikachu, which was both a big commercial success and had a positive critical reception. Likewise, earlier this year Sonic the Hedgehog dashed into theaters and not only was a critical and commercial success, but also became the highest-grossing video game-to-movie adaptation ever.

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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