The Cornetto Trilogy and ‘Baby Driver’ filmmaker Edgar Wright has been set to direct a new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Running Man’.
Said not to be a remake of the 1987 action-flick that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, the latest incarnation will also see Wright co-write the script alongside Michael Bacall and will stay more faithful to King’s original novel.
Simon Kinberg will produce through Kinberg’s Genre Films banner, alongside Nira Park from Wright’s Complete Fiction banner, and Genre Films’ Audrey Chon.
The 1987 dystopian actioner, directed by Paul Michael Glaser, starred Schwarzenegger as Benjamin A. “Ben” Richards and focused on the falsely convicted policeman who gets his shot at freedom when he must forcibly participate in a TV game show where convicts, runners, must battle killers for their freedom. The film also starred María Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Yaphet Kotto, and Jesse Ventura.
King was not a fan of the 1987 film due to the fact it vyed too far away from his original story and the casting of Schwarzenegger as the movies lead.
Wright’s latest project, ‘The Sparks Brothers’ documentary premiered at last months virtual Sundance Film Festival. He also has ‘Last Night in Soho’ set for a spring release.