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Just Cause Headed to the Big Screen

by Nick Breckon, Aug 10, 2009 1:50pm PDT

Adrian Askarieh, the producer of the Hitman movie, has acquired the rights to adapt Eidos' action title Just Cause as a feature film.

Just Cause stars CIA agent Rico Rodriguez, who has been tasked with overthrowing the dictator of a Caribbean island. The story was based on the real-life invasion of Panama, codenamed "Operation Just Cause."

Variety reports that Askarieh plans to produce the film independently, and is currently in the process of raising $30 million in financing for the project.

Askarieh's "Hitman" earned over $100 million in box office ticket sales, and "made a killing on DVD" according to the outlet.

"[Hitman was a] very successful movie for Fox, and I wanted to find a similar project in terms of its genre, international appeal and ability to do for a price, but do it independently in order to maximize the creative and financial upside that a project like this could generate," said Askarieh.

Askarieh is also producing a film based on Eidos' Kayne & Lynch, which is set to go under the lens next year. A sequel to Hitman is also in development.





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