Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer may be gearing up to direct his next film. According to Vulture, the Zombieland director has signed on to direct and executive produce an adaptation of Spy Hunter, the classic 1983 Bally Midway video game, for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Apparently, several writers and directors have tried to lift this project off the ground, but each attempt has failed. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was first attached to the project back in 2004 with John Woo and Paul W.S. Anderson set to direct at several points, but that obviously didn’t happen. Then, in 2010, a script was written by Chad St. John, who recently wrote the script for the now shut-down Motor City.
Thankfully, Fleischer has his head on straight, so he’s on the hunt to get himself a new writer to pen the script. The film is based on the Midway Arcade game of the 1980s and follows the story of a highly-trained spy hunter whose job is to eliminate rogue spies when they become liabilities to their governments.
Personally, I think Fleischer could pull this off. After the success of Zombieland and the upcoming Gangster Squad (which now has a January release date), he’s in a good position to take on Spy Hunter.
Now the question is, who’d be a good choice for the lead role? There’s always the possibility of Fleischer re-teaming with Ryan Gosling again, but at this point, that’s just wishful thinking.
Who do you think would be good for the lead role in Spy Hunter?