Paramount Pictures has touched Baby driver Director Edgar Wright to direct a new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The running Man. Originally published in 1982 under the pseudonym King Richard Bachman, The running Man it was adapted into a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987. For the new Paramount film, Wright and Michael Bacall will co-write the story that is said to be much more faithful to the original novel.
The Running Man remake, according to Deadline, will be a “top priority for Paramount” and will be produced by Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon under Genre Films along with Wright’s Complete Fiction’s Nira Park. The outlet also reports that Edgar wright was courted with the idea of developing The running Man after previously naming the 1987 adaptation as the only movie I’d remake if I could choose any.
Because the project is in the early stages, no information about the cast has been revealed yet. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser, the 1987 original adaptation starring Arnold Schwarzenegger alongside Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Afternoon Family dispute Host Richard Dawson also took on a role as a sadistic game show host chronicling the action as Arnold’s character fights his way through deadly gladiator battles for the sake of high TV ratings.
The running Man is set in a dystopian future in the United States. While there are some differences between the book and the original film adaptation, the original film sees protagonist Ben Richards (Schwarzenegger) competing in a streaming game show where criminals flee from armed “stalkers” hired to kill them. Getting out alive means earning state forgiveness. Meanwhile, people watch the festivities as the world economy has completely collapsed and watching professional killers murder convicted criminals is what passes for entertainment in this alternate reality.
Along with the Oscar-winning film Baby driver, Wright is also known for his collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. He has worked with the comedy duo on cult classic comedies. Shaun of the dead, Hot fluff, Y World’s End. Wright also wrote Ant Man and has directed other films such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the world and the next psychological horror Last night in soho. His new documentary The Sparks Brothers it premiered last month at the virtual Sundance Film Festival.
Ya, news of Wright taking the wheel for a new adaptation of The running Man it is exciting to the fans of the filmmaker. As one person says on Twitter: “I really want to see how @edgarwright deals with The running Man. The news came out of nowhere, but it’s a remake (if you can call it that) that I can’t wait. “
Paramount has not set a release date for The running Man and it’s unclear when filming will begin. Because the project is considered a top priority, the film will presumably go on the fast track and production is likely to begin sometime this year. Wright has yet to officially comment on the news. This story was first reported by Term.