With two movies due out this year and a handful of others in development, Edgar Wright has been keeping busy as of late. His upcoming documentary The Sparks Brothers was just acquired by Focus Features and his horror movie Last Night in Soho is currently scheduled to hit theatres in October. Late last week it was also announced that Wright is about to take on an adaptation of a pretty well-known Stephen King novel. The dystopian sci-fi novel The Running Man was originally released in 1982 and revolves around a game show where contestants are allowed to travel anywhere in the world with the goal of surviving for 30 days while they are tracked by
a group of elite assassins known as Hunters. It was previously adapted for the big screen in 1987 with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role and now Wright is giving it another go. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Edgar Wright will develop and direct a new version of The Running Man for Paramount Pictures. Wright will collaborate on the story together with Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and then Bacall will then pen the script himself. It is not being considered a remake of the 1987 film and it will supposedly be much more faithful to the original book. Simon Kinberg will produce alongside Nira Park and Audrey Chon.
Stephen King adaptations remain hot right now in Hollywood with Zac Efron starring in a Firestarter remake and new versions of Salem’s Lot, The Tommyknockers and The Dark Half also in development alongside many other new adaptations. Edgar Wright has several other projects on his plate including adaptations of Set My Heart to Five, The Chain and Stage 13. Do you think the time is right for a new version of The Running Man?