With his turn as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa did the TV franchise thing. He’s currently doing the superhero franchise thing with Justice League and Aquaman. And next, he’d going to try the video game franchise thing. He’s just signed to star in an adaptation of Just Cause.
An image from Just Cause.
Deadline reports Momoa will headline and Brad Peyton, director of San Andreas and the upcoming game adaptation Rampage, will direct. The hope is to turn the action adventure game into a movie franchise. Because that’s always the hope.
Just Cause is about a highly skilled operative for a secret group called the Agency who goes on dangerous, destructive missions with lots of gadgets and extreme sports flair. Whether or not the film will follow the story of the first game is unclear, but Deadline says “it is expected to deal in some way with [a] crisis of conscience while on a mission”. The writer of Master and Commander, John Collee, penned the script.
With the mix of Momoa, Peyton, a good screenwriter, and a cool video game, you might think this is a home run, right? Well, no. Video game movies are much better known for being bad than good. Everyone involved has a huge task in front of them. It comes down to the simple fact that video game characters are generally kind of thin because the user projects themselves onto those characters. Then again, Peyton is currently adapting a video game about a giant gorilla, lizard and wolf. If that works, I’ll have more faith in Just Cause.