Edgar Wright to Direct New Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Running Man’

Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver helmer Edgar Wright is set to direct a new adaptation of 1982 Stephen King novel The Running Man, which was adapted into an Arnold Schwarzenegger film in 1987.

Paramount Pictures is behind the film, which Wright will also be crafting the story for alongside Michael Bacall. Screenwriter Bacall, co-writer of Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and comedies 21 & 22 Jump Street, will be writing the script.

Deadline broke the news, reporting that the film will be produced by Nira Park via Wright’s Complete Fiction banner; Audrey Chon via Genre Films; and Simon Kinberg via Genre Films. Kinberg, whose producing credits include Deadpool, The Martian and Logan, reportedly brought Wright to the project.

Wright actually expressed his desire to direct a new take on King’s dystopian book back in 2017. On Twitter, he responded with “The Running Man” to a fan’s question asking what remake he would tackle if he could – with “no restrictions whatsoever.”

King’s ’82 book, which was published under the author pseudonym Richard Bachman, is set in a dystopian United States during the year 2025, with the economy in ruins and world violence rising. The plot follows impoverished 28-year-old Ben Richards, whose desperation to provide his gravely ill daughter with medicine and with a wife Sheila who has resorted to prostitution for money, decides to participate in a game show where contestants are chased by “Hunters” employed to kill them. Contestants are given $100 for every hour they stay alive and avoid being captured, an additional $100 for each law enforcement officer or Hunter they kill, and a grand prize of $1 billion for the winner that survives all 30 days.

Wright has a couple of works set to hit screens before The Running Man. His documentary The Sparks Brothers, about Ron and Russell Mael, creators of pop and rock band Sparks, was met with rave reviews at its Sundance Film Festival premiere in late January. His next movie is Anya Taylor-Joy-starring thriller Last Night in Soho, currently in post-production and set to hit cinemas in October.

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