Hitman: Agent 47 recently came out, and Producer Adrian Askarieh wants to put all other movies based off of Square Enix games in its universe.
In an interview with IGN, Askarieh mentioned that if the Hitman movie is successful enough, then other franchises, such as Just Cause and Tomb Raider, will end up in the same universe that the movie takes place in.
It could, possibly. It all depends on how successful Hitman is. If Hitman is successful enough, and we can plug other characters into that universe, great. But if – god forbid – it’s not, Just Cause will be separate.
If everything was entirely up to me, it would be Just Cause, Hitman, and Lara Croft in the same universe, and Deus Ex would be the future of that universe and Thief would be the past. Unfortunately, I don’t have Lara Croft, and Hitman needs to be a big hit for that to happen. But I think Just Cause can be in the Hitman Universe or it can be on its own.
Askarieh also took some time to talk about the upcoming Just Cause movie, and explained that it will be influenced by the events in Just Cause 3.
Just Cause 3 has a terrific story. It has Rico going back to Medici, the place of his birth and then subsequent displacement, and the murder of his family. And he goes back there to do what he does best which is to discombobulate regimes.
That to me is a cool story and the whole concept of a guy who is sent in to discombobulate from within and to create chaos from within. And in terms of action, I think Just Cause has just as much right to be called an action movie as The Fast and Furious. They’re both outlandish. You have a car going through 400 skyscrapers – well not 400, two. That’s kind of a Just Cause action.
I think the first two Just Cause (games), you’re only doing because it’s cool. But this one [Just Cause 3, the game] has a cool story. I’ve always loved the story of the Scorpion, because I haven’t seen a movie about a guy you send in to tear people apart from within and then he has to make a conscious decision whether what he’s doing is just or not and based on that his entire belief system changes.
What do you think about possibly having all the Square Enix movies take place in the same universe?