Well that’s a bold statement from Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer, recently minted director of the constantly in-development movie version of the video game Spy Hunter. Directors ranging in talent from John Woo to Paul W.S. Anderson have all had their turn, but Fleischer seems confident that he knows what to do to get this thing to the screen. Let’s go the quote from Coming Soon:
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.
He’s right about Americans not being hired to direct James Bond movies, which is one of the reasons why Steven Spielberg always called Indiana Jones his “James Bond.” But as for a straight up American James Bond, I think they tried that already and called it xXx starring Vin Diesel, and it sucked. Maybe Fleischer will have better luck though, we’ll keep you posted.
Source: Geek Tyrant
As his Gangster Squad is in the shop to make it a little less current (meaning that they’re reshooting the climactic shootout in a movie theater because of real-life events this past July), director Ruben Fleischer is looking to his next project: Spy Hunter.
Based on the 1983 arcade game, which has been updated over the years, Spy Hunter’s initial iteration was a race game with firepower, like James Bond meets Grand Theft Auto. Updates in gaming technology saw subsequent games with more spy elements, which should make translating it to the screen that much easier, right? Well, just ask John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson. They’ve both been previously attached to the big screen version of Spy Hunter.
But Vulture is now reporting that Fleischer has signed on, and is aiming to achieve where Anderson and Woo could not. It’s also reported that he’s looking for new screenwriters to pen the script, so Fleischer, it seems, is pretty serious about getting down to work.
Fleischer is still perhaps best known for the 2009 horror/comedy hit Zombieland, which he followed up with the sophomore slump 30 Minutes or Less. The highly anticipated Gangster Squad is due in theaters on January 11, 2013.
Source: Cinema Blend
It looks like reboot mania is moving on up to the realm of video games. Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment picked up Midway Games about three years ago and with the company came the infamous classic Spy Hunter. The old-school driving/shooting game will be making a return – though only to the Playstation Vita and Nintendo 3DS hand-held systems – nearly 30 years after the original was released in 1983.
If you’ve never played Spy Hunter (freakin’ kids these days…), it basically involves a top-down, one-way drive in your spy car. You shoot up the bad guys along the way, maneuver onto resupply trucks, drop oil slicks and other cool weapons and transform into a boat when you hit the water. It may sound cheesy, but it was both simple and fun as hell and the arcade version of it devoured a great deal of my allowance every week.
Warner Brother had a few things to say about the upcoming Spy Hunter reworking:
“’Spy Hunter’s’ classic gameplay has been upgraded to give PlayStation Vita and 3DS players a new, adrenaline-charged experience. Gamers now have more choice in the transformation and customization with greater hand controls, brilliant graphics and enhanced action cameras.”
Combined with the visual enhancement from today’s graphics, this could turn out to be as fun as the original.
The Spy Hunter reboot is set to release this Fall.
Personally, I’m pretty jazzed to see this make its way back for a new generation of gamers to enjoy and eager to see whether they can use new technology to make it better rather than just covering it in a layer of visual cluster-fuck. What do you think, kids? Can they make a game as addictive as the original?
Thanks to geektyrant for the info.
Because apparently what we all need is yet another movie based on a video game, it looks like Spy Hunter could be making the leap to the big screen soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, Warner Bros. has commissioned a script for the project from writer Chad St. John, who is also adapting the DC Comics war hero Sgt. Rock.
No date has been set yet, but considering this isn’t the first time the game has been the target for a big-screen adaptation, you may not want to hold your breath waiting for it.
The 1983 arcade game was popular in many an arcade, due in part, one presumes, because of its awesome simplicity. The player drives a kickass car looking to shoot the bad spies in their various vehicles. Every now and then you get a new weapon, courtesy of a truck that you drive into while on the road.
Back in the day, you could learn all the latest swears while watching the game because depending on the sensitivity of the steering wheel controller, it could be a pain in the ass lining up that sumbitch without crashing.
Oh well. It still beat playing Pooyan. Let’s hope that one’s not on any studio’s wishlist.
(via Heat Vision)