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Shane Black Set to Direct Remo Williams Adaptation 'The Destroyer'

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August 21, 2014

Shane Black / The Destroyer

Well, director Shane Black already has a full future slate with projects like an adaptation of the pulp hero Doc Savage and a reboot of Predator in the works, and now one more has been added to the mix. Sony Pictures has announced that Black will direct an adaptation of The Destroyer, the adventure book series by Warren Murphy that follows Newark cop Remo Williams, who is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution in order to serve as enforcement arm for CURE, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government. That absolutely sounds like the perfect project for Black.

Along with an amusing Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out to clean up the streets and take out those who oppose America’s interests. If you can't tell, there's obviously a social satire angle here, but the books also have a lot of suspense, witty banter and explosive action and violence. And knowing how Black has handled all those things with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, there aren't many more projects that are such a match made in heaven for a filmmaker like this. And the talent behind the project, both in a producing and writing capacity, only makes this deal sweeter.

The press release says Fight Club writer Jim Uhls will adapt the book with James Mullaney, who co-authored and became the sole writer of the book series until it ended in 2008. In addition, The Dark Knight trilogy producer Charles Roven is behind the project through his Atlas Entertainment production banner along with Steven Chasman and Andy Horwitz. Roven says, "Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film. Atlas couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with this talented director on this material." This is just awesome, but we'll see how long it takes for Black to get behind the camera. Well?

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  • Xerxexx
    Oh nice!
  • DaveLister_JMC
    Fittingly, this article offers no mention of the terrible 1985 film that attempted to bring Remo Williams to the big screen.
    • CoosCoos
      I thoroughly enjoyed "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" and was crushed when the adventure never continued. I'm ecstatic that Shane Black is the one to reboot this potential franchise.
      • Brian Sleider
        I too enjoyed The Adventure Begins.
        • cobrazombie
          Fred Ward and Wilford Brimley in the same movie and you call it terrible? Shame on you :p
      • DAVIDPD
        I remember watching that at my older cousin's house...wow.
    • Scopedog
      I loved it--and still do--but if others don't care much for it, fair enough. I do, however, remember the controversy surrounding the film because Joel Grey played Chun. And it was better than the TV pilot that was made some years later. I'm looking forward to this new adaptation...will be interesting to see who will be cast.
    • http://quotationsfromacinephile.blogspot.com Joker's hideout
      I thought that too. Fred Ward is all right man...
    • DaveLister_JMC
      I loved Fred Ward in The Right Stuff and Tremors; but for me this film just didn't work. Perhaps it's the 80's aesthetic which makes it look like an A-Team episode.
    • TheOct8pus
      That movie is a classic. Sure, it was filled with 80's cheese, awful cinematography, one-liners and white people playing Asians, but it's still a great movie.
  • Brian Sleider
    Cool.
  • Dpatch
    Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is an underrated '80s action classic. The series deserved to continue, and it's exciting to hear that Shane Black will be behind a reboot that will adapt the original book featuring the character.
    • TheOct8pus
      That was one of my favorite films when I was like 10 years old. I completely forgot about it until I saw this post....perhaps it's time to revisit it.
      • Dpatch
        The film is no longer on Netflix, and is hard to come by these days. Holding out for a blu-ray release. Maybe that will happen with this news.
  • DAVIDPD
    ASIAN SIDEKICKS ARE THE BEST SIDEKICKS! BECAUSE THEY CAN KICK!!!
  • JAZZ
    I've enjoyed this movie since, the 80's, especially Chiun the Korean - the greatest race that mankind has known! I still catch it on cable once or twice a year.
  • SMAC
    WTF? Buckaroo Banzai anyone.......

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