Paramount Pictures has tapped Baby driver Helmer Edgar Wright to direct a new adaptation of the Stephen King novel Running man. Originally published in 1982 under the pseudonym Richard Bachman of the King. Running man Was famously adapted into a film in 1987 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. For Paramount’s new film, Wright and Michael Backl will co-write the story that is much more faithful to the original novel.
Reported by Deadline as “the highest priority for Paramount”, the Running Man remake will be produced by Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chone from Wright Films’ Writing Fiction banner with Neera Park under Jenner Films. The outlet also reports that Wright was associated with the idea of developing Running man After naming 1987 as a film before it would be a remake if anyone could choose.
Because the project is still at an early stage, no casting information has been revealed yet. Directed by Paul Michael Glaeser, the 1987 adaptation starred Arnold Schwarzenegger with Maria Conchita Alonso, Yafet Cotto, Jim Brown and Jessie “The Body” Ventura. late family Feud Host Richard Dawson was also featured in a role as a saintly game show host that explains the action as Arnold’s character fights his way through a deadly gladiator fight to a high TV rating.
Running man A dystopian future is set in the United States. While there are some differences between the book and the original film adaptation, the original film sees the protagonist Ben Richards (Schwarzenegger) competing in a broadcast game show, where criminals flee armed “stalks” to kill him. To live it means to earn the state’s earnings. Throughout, people watch the festivals as the world’s economy collapses completely and watching professional criminals butcher convicted criminals is for entertainment in this alternate reality.
With an 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 the cult classic comedy dropping out, Hot fog, And End of the world. Also wrote Antman And has directed other films like Scott Pilgrim vs the World And the ensuing psychological terror Last night in soho. His new documentary Sparks Brothers The virtual premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month.
Already, news of Wright taking the wheel for a new adaptation Running man The film has an exciting fan following. As one person put on Twitter: “Really looking forward to seeing how @edgarwright behaves Running man. The news originates from anywhere, but the remake is (if you can call it that) I can’t wait. “
No release date has been set for Paramount Running man And it is not clear when filming will begin. Because the project is considered a top priority, the film is likely to debut sometime this year. Wright has not yet officially commented on the news. This story was first told by Deadline.