Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer Bringing Spy Hunter to Theaters
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is set to helm and executive produce the Warner Bros. adaptation of the 1983 arcade game Spy Hunter, Vulture reports.
Released by Bally Midway, the game’s premise was pretty straightforward — the player, or “spy,” traveled a freeway in an armored sports car, destroying enemy vehicles while protecting civilians — leaving a film plot wide open.
As Vulture notes, an adaptation has been rattling around Hollywood for nearly a decade, with Universal Pictures signing Dwayne Johnson to star in a John Woo-helmed film that moved from screenwriter to screenwriter, eventually losing both the actor and director before it fell into the lap of Paul W.S. Anderson in 2007. However, he ended up tackling a remake of Death Race 2000 instead. The project had a script from Chad St. John (“The Punisher: Dirty Laundry,” Motor City) as recently as 2010, but Fleischer is said to be looking for a new screenwriter.
Fleischer, who followed Zombieland with 30 Minutes or Less, most recently directed the period crime film Gangster Squad, which was postponed and re-edited in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado, shootings. It’s now scheduled to open Jan. 11.