Warner Bros. has announced that its bringing the video game "Spy Hunter" to the big screen according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio has hired Chad St. John to write the script for a feature adaptation.
In 1983, "Spy Hunter" was launched by Midway as an arcade game, and Hollywood has been wanting to turn it into a big-screen adventure since. Once upon a time, Universal attached John Woo to direct and Dwayne Johnson to star. But that was scrapped due to financial reasons. Then, director Paul W.S. Anderson tried to rev it up, but that also stalled.
Now, Warners, since it bought Midway for $33 million last July, is confident that they can turn it around into a profitable franchise. The studio has hired Dan Lin (one of the producers of "Sherlock Holmes") to produce with Roy Lee (he's setting up "Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever" for Warners).
The Hollywood Reporter further revealed that St. John is becoming a Warners favorite. He wrote the time-travel spec "The Days Before" for the studio, and he's currently writing the "Outland" remake and the action film "Motor City." St. John is also busy penning "Sgt. Rock."
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