Shawn Levy Bringing TV's 'Deadliest Warrior' to the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
September 15, 2010
Wait, what? This is about as odd as that Ice Road Truckers movie. Paramount has officially announced (via Deadline) tonight that Shawn Levy's 21 Laps Entertainment will be bringing Spike TV's original hit series "Deadliest Warrior" to the big screen. So is this going to be a feature or more of a pseudo-documentary? The show is "Mythbusters"-like challenge that pits two different types of warriors (Spartan vs. Ninja, Viking vs. Samurai, etc) against each other using various tests and experts to prove which is the deadliest. I've seen an episode and it's fun, but as a feature film? That makes no sense. What the heck is the story going to be?
Paramount says the film's storyline is being kept under wraps, so we have no clue. "Spike has some of the most innovative and forward-thinking content on television today, 'Deadliest Warrior' being no exception. The property has proven its ability to engage audiences across multiple platforms," said Paramount's Film President Adam Goodman. "We hope this is the first of much future collaboration with Spike." So there will be more Spike TV shows adapted into feature films soon? Oh goodie. This just seems like an odd idea, but if Levy found a hook to tun the show into something badass, I guess I'm at least curious to see what it is before criticizing it further. If you haven't ever seen the TV show, you might as well check out the official website.