Shane Black Set to Direct Remo Williams Adaptation 'The Destroyer'
by Ethan Anderton
August 21, 2014
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?