Deadline tells us that Ruben Fleischer is set to direct “Spy Hunter,” an adaptation of the 1980s video game. Carter Blanchard is writing the script.
The game is supposed to be about a, well, spy hunter, who tracks down and eliminates spies who are causing trouble for their governments. A movie version has been in development forever. John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson were both attached to direct at one point or another and for a while, Dwayne Johnson was supposed to star.
ComingSoon talked to Fleischer last year and he told them that “Spy Hunter” was something he really wanted to do:
“If I can make any movie, it would be a James Bond movie,” Fleischer explained in December. “I’ve always loved the genre but I don’t think they’ll hire an American to direct a James Bond movie, I’ve been told, so for me, ‘Spy Hunter’ is an opportunity to create a new spy franchise. It sounds silly but that was my favorite video game when I was a kid and it had a great title and a great theme song, but there’s no real other associations that people have with it other than a cool car, so I feel like there’s a lot of room for us to invent a new character and a new series. I think just the Spy Hunter that is the most bad-ass spy who hunts down rogue spies is a really cool launch pad for an idea and I hope that we can bring it to life.”