Ruben Fleischer to direct a Spy Hunter videogame adaptation

News Ryan Lambie
26 Sep 2012 - 06:22

Cars and guns 80s classic Spy Hunter may finally make it to the big screen, as Ruben Fleischer signs up to direct…

If you were a visitor of amusement arcades in the 80s, you may have encountered Bally Midway’s shooting-driving game, Spy Hunter. Placing a heavily-armed white sports car in the sweaty hands of the player, it involved hurtling down a narrow, twisting road and shooting other cars with evil people inside them. The game was noteworthy for its use of Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn theme music, which sounded extremely cool as it bleeped out across a smoky arcade.

With Spy Hunter still a fondly remembered name – a reboot appeared on consoles in 2001, and there’s a handheld version coming out this autumn – it’s one of those videogames that’s long been targeted for the big-screen remake treatment. In fact, there have been talks of making a Spy Hunter movie for about nine years, with various actors, writers and directors moving in and out of story – The Rock, John Woo and Paul W S Anderson are but three names who’ve been attached with the project in the past.

It’s now said that Ruben Fleischer has signed on to direct, and that he’ll be seeking out a new writer to come up with a script. Fleischer, of course, is the director of Zombieland and 30 Minutes Or Less. His latest film, the potentially excellent Gangster Squad, has been delayed to allow time for new scenes to be shot following the tragic events that occurred in Aurora, Colorado earlier this year.

Although videogame adaptations seldom fare well, there’s actually a reasonable amount of mileage in the Spy Hunter premise; we’re thinking a cross between a Bourne or Bond movie, with an emphasis on Fast Five-style vehicular action. There are plenty of stunts to borrow from the 1983 game, such as driving up a ramp into the back of a truck, and blowing up a helicopter with a rocket.

Oh, and the white sports car can transform into a river-cruising speedboat and run over ducks. Thinking about it, the screenwriters may want to spare the ducks.

More news on Spy Hunter – if it actually happens this time – as we get it.


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