The film adaptation of long-running video game series Spy Hunter has had a hard road to production.
A decade ago, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was set to star, after headlining the 2006 video game Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run. However, the actor ultimately left the project, moving on to another high-profile, car-centric project in Fast Five (and its upcoming sequel).
Lately, though, Spy Hunter has been inching forward. We've already known for a while that Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is set to direct, but the project had yet to secure a writer and/or leading star. Now, we can scratch at least one of those off the film's to-do list.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has signed Carter Blanchard to write the Spy Hunter script. Blanchard previously wrote Glimmer, a spec script that Dreamworks is producing with director Ringan Ledwidge.
Given how many creative turns the Spy Hunter film has taken, it's anyone's guess when moviegoers may finally see the film in theaters. Filmmakers like John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson have attempted to bring it to the screen, only to abandon the project prior to production.
Part of the problem may be finding the perfect tone for the material. Most well-received blockbusters these days (Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises) have appealed to modern audiences by striking a more realistic chord. However, the world of Spy Hunter relies on armored cars complete with all manner of weaponry and special abilities. After all, even fans of the James Bond franchise started to turn on the series once 007 acquired an invisible car. How then can Spy Hunter become a satisfying film?
The answer is likely to embrace the inherent humor in the games' over-the-top premise. In that case, hiring a filmmaker like Fleischer makes sense, as much of the director's experience is in the world of comedy. This is all pure speculation, however, as the film is still far from reaching production.
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