A couple of months ago it was announced that Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer would direct the big screen adaptation of the classic video 1983 video game Spy Hunter. It's a different and interesting project for the director, and I think he'll end up doing something really cool with it.
A film adaptation of this game has been in and out of development for years, and during that time the film has attracted talent such as John Woo, Dwayne Johnson and Paul W.S. Anderson. In the end, I think it ended up in the right hands. Comingsoon had a chance to talk to the director about the film in which he revealed that he wants to turn it into and American James Bond,
We'll see what happens. If I can make any movie, it would be a James Bond movie. I've always loved the genre but I don't think they'll hire an American to direct a James Bond movie, I've been told, so for me, 'Spy Hunter' is an opportunity to create a new spy franchise. It sounds silly but that was my favorite video game when I was a kid and it had a great title and a great theme song, but there's no real other associations that people have with it other than a cool car, so I feel like there's a lot of room for us to invent a new character and a new series. I think just the Spy Hunter that is the most bad-ass spy who hunts down rogue spies is a really cool launch pad for an idea and I hope that we can bring it to life.
It's hard to think that we'll ever see a really cool American style James Bond, but Fleisher can certainly try. He's a really talented director, and I hope he's able to pull off the Spy Hunter movie he wants to do. What do you think of his vision, and do you think he can actually turn it into an American James Bond style franchise?
The story of the game follows a highly trained spy whose job it is to eliminate rogue agents when they become liabilities to their governments. He travels in the badass G-6155 Interceptor tricked out sports car with an array of weapons that frequently is challenged by enemy vehicles.