For years, a movie based on the classic video game Spy Hunter has been struggling to hit the gas. Dwayne Johnson was once attached to star, Paul W.S. Anderson and John Woo were working on it and, most recently, screenwriter Chad St. John was hired to write a script for Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer. And still, the story of a spy in a super-car who hunts down rogue agents was stalled.

After a few dormant months, the project now has new life. Fleischer is still attached to direct the Warner Bros. picture and Carter Blanchard has been hired to pen a fresh draft. This not only breathes new life into a franchise that’s had its share of troubles, but might be the jump start its been looking for.

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After a decade of on-again, off-again development, Warner Bros. revived the big-screen adaptation of Spy Hunter yet again when it acquired the property a few years ago. Chad St. John was hired to write a fresh draft, while Roy Lee and Dan Lin signed on to produce. Now the latest incarnation of the project is taking another big step forward, as Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer has signed on to direct. Seems like an encouraging step up from the last filmmaker attached, Paul W.S. Anderson. More after the jump.

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Spy Hunter Idles at the Starting Line Once More

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It’s like it’s 2003 all over again. Or 2007. Spy Hunter may not be the video game that has had the most failed movie development attempts, but after having John Woo, Paul WS Anderson and Dwayne Johnson keen to get it off the ground, it is one of the more high profile denizens of development hell. Now Warner Bros is said to be hoping to rev the engine on Midway’s classic Interceptor once more. Read More »

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Producers Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter have been discussing their various in-development videogame movies, giving very candid status updates and even the odd bit of surprising news. Perhaps the biggest single headline would be the signing of Bruce Willis for a Kane and Lynch movie. If you don’t know the game and can’t make and educated guess but are still somehow curious, he’d be the titular Kane.

In Summer of 2008, it was reported that Willis was in negotiations and Russ noted that he was still attached a few months ago. This latest break sounds somewhat more solid.

More on that, and a good handful of other bits and pieces after the break.

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Paul W.S. Anderson Leaves Spy Hunter

A big screen adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter has been in the woks for almost five years now. Last year it was announced that Universal had hired hack director Paul W.S. Anderson (not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson) to helm the project, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached to star. Our friends at LatinoReview have some good news for video game fans – it looks like Anderson has lost interest in the film adaptation.

And with that, the current status of the project is now in flux. Is The Rock still going to do the movie? Will Universal Pictures even make the movie? Is a Spy Hunter movie even worth making? And if so, who will step up to helm it? Lets hope Uwe Boll isn’t on the short list. The answers to those questions and much more will be provided by you the /Film readers, in the comments.

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