'Zombieland' & 'Gangster Squad' Director Gears Up for 'Spy Hunter'
Nearly ten years ago it was Dwayne Johnson who was ready for an adaptation of the hit video game Spy Hunter at Universal, and he stayed attached to the property for years as new writers kept trying to script the flick. Johnson is no longer part of the project, but Vulture has word that the adaptation has life again at Warner Bros. with Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer at the helm. This comes after filmmakers like John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson wanted to get involved, but (thankfully) never got the project off the ground. But what about the script that has gone through countless different versions?
Fleischer is on the lookout for new writers to script his take on the video game series which Warner Bros. seems to be pleased with. The original title hails all the way from 1983 as an arcade cabinet game, but Midway remade the game for PlayStation back in 2001 and several sequels were spawned. In fact, one of those sequels was Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run that starred Dwayne Johnson as government agent Alex Decker, who replaces Alec Sects, who would have been the main character of the movie. Complete with a tricked out car that would make James Bond blush, there's plenty of driving action and chases. It's a perfect opportunity for a car company to get a great tie-in to a major film.
Hopefully this will be fun in the hands of Fleischer who showed a penchant for solid action, horror and comedy in Zombieland. After we see Gangster Squad (delayed until January), we'll have a better taste of his action chops, which seem to be a bit stylistic in the period crime drama. Of course, this film has seen about as many iterations as the Peter Gunn theme song has seen in the video game franchise, so we won't hold our breath until its actually shooting in front of a camera.