Did you ever play the original Spy Hunter? If so, did you ever notice that you never really hunted any spies? Midway's 1983 arcade game put the player behind the wheel of a muscle car that blew dangerous vehicles off the road, protecting civilian cars. We suppose there must have been spies behind the wheel of the bad guys' cars, but the only overt indication of the game's spy aesthetic was the soundtrack, originally Monty Norman's "James Bond" theme but later, due to legal issues, Henry Mancini's theme to Peter Gunn. Despite this dramatically thin storyline, a film version of Spy Hunter has been in development hell for years from directors like John Woo (The Killer) and Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: Retribution).
Well, it's time to add another name to the list. Vulture now reports that Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland and the upcoming period crime drama Gangster Squad (delayed for reshoots after the tragedy in Aurora, CO), is the latest filmmaker in talks to bring Spy Hunter to the screen. Fleischer is reportedly jettisoning the previous work done on the adaptation at Warner Bros., and is seeking to start from scratch with a new screenplay.
In the interest of being constructive, Ruben? Don't forget to put some actual spies in it.
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