Hitman Producer Sets Sights On Just Cause Movie
If you weren't aware, there's a rumor going around that Steven Spielberg may be pursuing a the long-awaited "Halo" movie, but the Hollywood news - as it relates to the video game industry - doesn't end there.
According to a recent Variety report, there's a good chance that Avalanche Software's Just Cause license may find its way to the big screen. It seems that producer and British publisher Adrian Askarieh has acquired the rights to turn the game into a movie, and let's not forget that he produced "Hitman" and is also involved in Lionsgate's "Kane & Lynch" film. Variety says Askarieh hopes to nail down $30 million in "independent financing" for the "Just Cause" movie, and notes the popularity of "Hitman" (damnit, that movie was popular?!). Now, on the surface, Just Cause would make for a great film; it's loaded with tons of action, stunts, and there's the potential for unbelievable visuals and overall cinematography. The game itself was decent but couldn't compare to the reigning king of the sandbox style, Grand Theft Auto...but ironically, Take-Two and Rockstar have no intention of giving Hollywood a shot at a GTA movie. We can only hope that Askarieh knows what he's doing, but if all he needs to do to attain high box office sales is to recreate "Hitman," we're gonna lose interest. Fast.
Well, one of these days, they just might surprise us with an awesome movie based on a video game. Really, it could happen. ...or not.
8/11/2009 Ben Dutka