It looks like Warner Bros. is going to bring the Midway video game franchise Spy Hunter to the big screen. The arcade game was pretty popular back in 1983. It's gone through a few different upgrades throughout the years, but lets face it, the game will never be as awesome as the 1983 version, driving around shooting up cars.
The studio acquired the rights to the game when they bought Midway Games last year. Now they are taking the necessary steps to adapt it into a new action film. Sherlock Holmes producer Dan Lin will produce the film along side Roy Lee, who recently set up that Leonardo da Vinci action flick at the WB. The studio has hired Chad St. John to write the scrip. He's written a couple screenplays that have still not been developed such as: Outland, Motor City and Joel Silver's Sgt. Rock.
The story follows a highly trained spy whose job it is to eliminate rogue agents when they become liabilities to their governments. He travels in the G-6155 Interceptor, a sports car tricked out with an array of weapons that frequently is challenged by enemy vehicles.
A film adaptation of the game was previously set up at Universal Pictures where John Woo was attached to direct and Dwayne Johnson was attached to star. After that fell apart director Paul W.S. Anderson tried to get it up and running, but that also fizzled out.
I'd be surprised if they were able to develop a really good film out of the video game. For some reason Hollywood still hasn't figured out how to turn a video game into a great film, I doubt it will happen with Spy Hunter. I'm not sure how much of a following the game has these days. I haven't played any of the new versions of the game, but I sure do have the memories of playing the original arcade game.
In the end I'm sure we can expect a fun popcorn flick with lots of nice fast cars shooting each other up creating lots of explosions.
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