Writing partners Nelson Greaves and Sam Chalsen have been tapped to rewrite SPY HUNTER for Warner Bros. The action adventure adaptation is being produced by Dan Lin through his Lin Pictures and Roy Lee through Vertigo Entertainment, with John Middleton and Doug Davison executive producing.
The story, which is based on the classic arcade game Spy Hunter from Midway, centers around an ex-fighter pilot who rids the world of rogue spies and assassins once they’ve become liabilities to their governments with his souped-up Interceptor car.
The game, which launched in 1983, was inspired by the James Bond films, with the object of the game being to drive down roads in the technologically advanced car and destroy enemy vehicles. The game was later reprised with more contemporary systems, in 2001, 2002 and a 2006 version featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which was supposed to work as a tie-in with a feature film. The film, however, was still trapped in development hell at the time of the game’s release. The project started to gain some new momentum after Ruben Fleischer was attached to direct in 2013, but it looks like the gears are turning once again with Greaves and Chalsen taking over writing duties from 2014 Young & Hungry writer Carter Blanchard.
The duo, who currently serve as story editors and writers for the hit FOX series Sleepy Hollow, have also set up their first pilot POTUS with Homeland producer Howard Gordon. The two landed the Spy Hunter gig shortly after setting up a blind feature deal with Warner.
Josh Lyons| Staff Writer