Rico Rodriguez first blasted onto my gaming radar earlier this year in Just Cause 2 from Square-Enix and what's left of Eidos for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and PC. He's a one-man wrecking ball that smashes his way across the island of Panau (see for yourself if you don't believe me), so it's only natural that someone would want to make a Just Cause movie that runs heavy on action and explosions. We first heard about the project back in October, but now over at the Just Cause 2 website we have an interview with Adrian Askarieh and Eric Eisner who are apparently the producers of the upcoming film (the interview is a bit vague as to their exact role in all of this). While they're not ready to tell us everything about the film, we do get a few little details as to the direction it's headed.
MO: What can you tell us about the story so far?
AA: Just that it’s an origin story. We would like to keep the surprise for the fans.
MO: You’ve recently announced that Michael Ross has joined the team as script writer for the movie. What was it that attracted you to him for the role?
EE: Michael is a strong writer. He is great with character, with action and with creating jeopardy. We felt that he would ground the story, in the best sense of the word, and create a believable character in Rico/The Scorpion.
AA: We wanted our CASINO ROYALE, if you will, and Michael is the perfect writer to execute that. He starts from reality and grounds the story in a plausible universe. Once you have done that, the audience will believe all the extraordinary things Rico/The Scorpion does in the story.
MO: Can we expect to see Rico’s signature grappling hook/parachute combo making an appearance?
AA: There won’t be a movie without them.
The overall interview falls into the "How awesome if your movie?" trap, but there are a few interesting things in there to read. The great thing about Just Cause 2 is that the story is so secondary to the experience that I don't see a problem with dropping it and doing something new that still sticks to the core of the Rico character. There are also plans to include Rico's ally Tom Sheldon in the script. All I can say to that is someone needs to introduce these guys and their casting director to Joe Don Baker as soon as possible!