Vulture reports Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad, Zombieland) has signed with Warner to adapt the 1983 Bally Midway video game Spy Hunter. The only things I remember about that game are the theme music, oil slicks, and driving into the back of a semi, a move my driver’s ed. instructor wished I hadn’t known about.
That screencap above? Yeah, that’s what a movie is going to be based upon, probably because a new Spy Hunter game is coming out for the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita. We shouldn’t even be surprised considering there are movies based on Missile Command, Battleship, Rubik’s Cubes, Monsterpocalypse, Risk, Candyland, Monopoly, and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.
Spy Hunter has been sliding around the studio for the better part of the last decade, attracting first John Woo and the Rock (let’s consider that combo a bullet dodged, eh?) in 2004 and, later, Paul W.S. Anderson, but the master of the schlockbuster instead opted to remake Death Race 2000 for Paramount in 2007. Last we’d heard in 2010, there was a Spy Hunter script from Chad St. John, who penned the recently aborted Albert Hughes shoot-‘em-up Motor City, but we’re now told that Fleischer will be seeking new screenwriters to execute his take. [Vulture]
That’s all well and good, but where is our movie based on Elevator Action? A NEW HERO IS READY TO RISE.