Variety reports that Adrian Askarieh, the man behind Hitman and the upcoming Kane and Lynch has nabbed the rights to Eidos' Just Cause franchise. (If franchise is the right word -- the series has only had one outing back in 2006 though Eidos is readying a sequel as we speak.) The original game was centered around a mysterious, handsome fellow named The Scorpion who has the awkward task of overthrowing Caribbean regimes while trying to dodge pirates, mercenaries, and rogue agents. As with all video game heroes, he's a man of high-tech gadgets, and favors a grappling hook for his iconic item of action. Eidos describes him as "a mix of Jason Bourne, James Bond, Wolverine and Rambo, with a touch of Enrique Iglesias." In other words, he's macho, but he's also hot.
Askarieh is looking to develop the project independently, and hasn't submitted it to a studio. Well, we'll certainly wish him the best in bringing The Scorpion to life. Personally, I think he ought to cross him over with Warner Bros' Tomb Raider reboot. She could be hunting for artifacts, he could be overthrowing a regime, and wham! Romance can blossom amid all the semi-automatic gunfire, and money is saved by getting two adaptations for the price of one.