"Zombieland" and "Gangster Squad" director Ruben Fleischer, is officially locked for the big-screen adaptation of the video game "Spy Hunter". The torch has been passed many times, with John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson formerly attached to direct. Carter Blanchard is now penning the screenplay.
Based on the popular 1980's arcade game, the story follows a highly-trained spy hunter whose job it is to eliminate rogue spies when they become liabilities to their governments. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was previously attached to star.
On why Fleischer wants to make the film, he stated back in Decemeber, "If I can make any movie, it would be a James Bond movie. I've always loved the genre but I don't think they'll hire an American to direct a James Bond movie, I've been told, so for me, 'Spy Hunter' is an opportunity to create a new spy franchise."
Fleischer continued, "It sounds silly but that was my favorite video game when I was a kid and it had a great title and a great theme song, but there's no real other associations that people have with it other than a cool car, so I feel like there's a lot of room for us to invent a new character and a new series. I think just the Spy Hunter that is the most bad-ass spy who hunts down rogue spies is a really cool launch pad for an idea and I hope that we can bring it to life."
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Source: Coming Soon
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