Just Cause film rights optioned

Scriptwriter already on board.

Hamlet 2 producer L+E Pictures has optioned the film rights to Just Cause, according to film trade mag Variety.

Apparently Michael Ross is writing the script. Ross previously wrote Turistas, where, "A group of young backpackers' vacation turns sour when a bus accident leaves them marooned in a remote Brazilian rural area that holds an ominous secret." Amazing scenes, although clearly no Blood Surf.

Adrian Askarieh is reportedly helping develop the project before he and L+E shop it around film studios. Askarieh previously brought the Hitman film to the silver screen and is involved with the delayed Kane & Lynch film adaptation, so he has some previous when it comes to putting Eidos games in cinemas.

Just Cause 2 was released earlier this year and picked up 8/10 in its Eurogamer review. It sees slightly bonkers secret agent Rico Rodriguez trying to destabilise the island nation of Panau by... well, using his grappling hook to attach henchmen to passing aeroplanes and stuff like that.

At times it makes stuff like Crank seem eminently sensibly, and this is no bad thing.

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