Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad might not have lived up to the hype, but he’s moving forward by taking on a videogame adaptation, SpyHunter, with Deadline reporting that he’s signed up to direct, with Carter Blanchard writing the script.
SpyHunter started life as a 1980s arcade game before getting a reboot on the Playstation 2 back in 2001. A ‘vehicular combat’ game, the aim is for players drive around in supercars, blowing up bad guys and avoiding civilians. The most recent title in the franchise, Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run – which featured Dwayne Johnson, now less – was released in 2006.
It’s certainly not the first time Hollywood has thought about an adaptation, with the likes of John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson previously attached – indeed the reason Dwayne Johnson was in Nowhere To Run was because he was meant to star in a movie version, although that idea was eventually canned.
Hopefully Zombieland helmer Fleischer will have more luck, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they wait to see how well Dreamworks driving game adaptation, Need For Speed, works out before deciding whether audiences will want to see this one.
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