Hollywood has never been opposed to dismantling old territory for new projects, and today we have news about another. Apparently a new version of The Running Man is in development. Adapting the Stephen King novel and the Arnold Schwarzenegger film may seem pointless, but there’s an interesting twist here. What could that be? Well, none other than Edgar Wright is on board to lead this new setting. That alone makes it worth paying attention to. Maybe it will turn out to be unnecessary, but with Wright at least I’m excited to see how it turns out. There is at least potential for something fun now …
Here’s a bit of the Variety story:
Edgar Wright was recruited to direct Paramount Pictures’ The Running Man, an adaptation of Stephen King’s dystopian horror novel.
“The Running Man,” released in 1982, was originally written under King’s pseudonym, Richard Bachman. The story takes place in the United States in 2025, where the economy in ruins and violence escalates dramatically. The book was loosely converted into a 1987 film, directed by Paul Michael Glaser and showing Arnold Schwarzenegger. The upcoming version is expected to stay true to the source material. The cast has not yet been determined.
Michael Bacall wrote the script from a story he co-wrote with Wright. Simon Kinberg (“X-Men”, “Dark Phoenix”) and Audrey Chon will produce the film for genre films, as will Nira Park for Wright’s Complete Fiction company.
Stay tuned for more …