Comic book movies and fairy tale reimaginings were all the rage the past few years, but now a new trend in movies seems to be booming: Video game movies. Sure, we’ve had a few adaptations here and there, but right now, there’s a bunch entering development and headed to the theaters. For example, we have ‘Silent Hill: Revelation’ and ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ coming out this year, and ‘God of War’, ‘Metal Gear Solid’, and ‘Monster Hunter’ all in the works. Today, we can add yet another video game franchise to that pile in development: ‘Spy Hunter’.
According to Collider, Ruben Fleischer, director of the awesome ‘Zombieland’ and the considerably less awesome ’30 Minutes Or Less’, has signed on to restart development on an adaptation of the 1983 Midway arcade game ‘Spy Hunter’. Previously, John Woo was attached to direct The Rock in a movie based on the game in 2004, but those plans fell through. Then, ‘Resident Evil’ helmer Paul W.S. Anderson was set to take over, but he opted out as well. Now, Fleischer is said to be back at square one and is likely to get a whole new script together with brand new writers.
It’ll be interesting to see what sort of story this ‘Spy Hunter’ movie will feature since the original game didn’t really have a story. Basically, 8-bit cars just fired a barrage of bullets on other 8-bit cars, and that’s definitely not enough to sustain a feature length film. At least not a good one.
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