Edgar Wright to adapt Stephen King’s The Running Man for big screen

Filmmaker Edgar Wright will next tackle the big screen adaptation of iconic writer Stephen King’s The Running Man.

King published the dystopian thriller novel in 1982 under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Set in the US in the year 2025, the story follows the protagonist Ben Richards as she participates in the game show The Running Man in which contestants, allowed to go anywhere in the world, are chased by hunters employed to kill them .

According to Deadline, Wright will co-write the story with Michael Beckel. The two had previously partnered for the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chone will produce through their Gaynor Films banner, alongside Neera Park from Wright’s entire fiction banner.

King’s The Running Man was first made into a feature film in 1987, directed by Paul Michael Glaeser and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role.

The film was an average hit at the box office, earning USD 38 million as against USD 27 million. It received mixed reviews from critics.

Wright, who last directed the 2017 blockbuster Baby Driver, is currently working on his latest project, Last Night in Soho.

The psychological horror film featuring Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasine Harcourt McKenzie and Matt Smith is set to be released in October this year.

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