Jason Momoa Goes From Superhero to Video Game Hero With Just Cause

An image from Just Cause.
An image from Just Cause.

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.

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.


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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There’s just...no way this could possibly work as a movie. Generic dictator-toppling Expendables-lite focused on one unstoppable badass? Sure.

But there’s no way he’s hookshotting around like Link-cum-Spiderman with an unlimited supply of parachutes and attaching people to the back of airplanes taking off, or tossing an unlimited supply of remote-detonated explosives onto every explodable surface. Or jumping on top of a car he’s currently driving (which keeps driving without him for a bit) so that he can fire his hookshot at one of his pursuers and then fire the other end of the cable at the bridge they’re currently on, so it gets tossed into the air and explodes... Or hookshotting up and taking over a helicopter, then - when that helo is destroyed, jumping out of it and hookshotting over to take over another helicopter, then crashing that helicopter into a radio tower (jumping out seconds before).

I’m willing to bet that all of these things - while immeasurably fun in video-game form, would look stupid and impossible in a movie.