‘John Wick’ creator to adapt ‘Just Cause’ game


The 'Just Cause' games can play like action blockbuster without budgetary concerns. — Avalanche Studios/Square Enix

The 'Just Cause' games can play like action blockbuster without budgetary concerns. — Avalanche Studios/Square Enix

Gloriously chaotic action adventure game series Just Cause is now in the hands of John Wick franchise creator Derek Kolstad. 

Derek Kolstad of John Wick fame is to script a film adaptation of the videogame franchise Just Cause, a series known for its kitchen-sink approach to player freedom, ridiculous levels of chaos and outrageous stunt action. 

The franchise's main character, Rico Rodriguez, is a one-man army sent in to free nations or regions from authoritarian leaders. 

 

With the use of a grappling hook, a quick-deploy parachute, and a wingsuit, players are able to steer Rodriguez through a variety of improbable, dangerous, and often objectively reckless situations as they taunt and triumph over enemy factions. 

Four games in the series have been released since its 2006 debut and have taken place barely disguised representations (or spoofs) of real-world locations, landing Rodriguez in the Caribbean, South-East Asia, the Mediterranean and South America. 

Kolstad wrote all three John Wick movies and was previously linked with another videogame adaptation from the same publisher, a TV conversion of Hitman

 

As well as a John Wick spin-off for TV, named after the movies' iconic hotel The Continental, he's also on the team for Echo, a gorgeously designed 2017 stealth game whose original developer shut down earlier this year. 

A Just Cause film has been in the offing for nearly 10 years now, with Aquaman star Jason Momoa and San Andreas director Brad Peyton associated in 2017 before backing away. At that time, a scriptwriter had not been named. – AFP Relaxnews