EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures signs deal with Edgar Wright to develop and direct new adaptation of The running man, the futuristic novel by Stephen King that the author first published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. It won’t be a remake of the 1987 film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger; the Baby driver The writer / director will co-write the story with Michael Bacall, and they’ll be much more faithful to King’s bestselling novel. Bacall will write the script.
Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon will produce under its Genre Films banner, alongside Nira Park from Wright’s Complete Fiction banner. Kinberg pitched the idea to Emma Watts, based on their long relationship, and then Kinberg wooed Wright. If the filmmaker is very selective, the prospect of a new The running man is the one who intrigued him; to the point that when asked if he could remake a movie, he would choose that one. It was in 2017. Now it has become real.
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It becomes a priority image for Paramount, and a novel, which King published as a paperback in 1982, a dystopian thriller that still feels prescient in the current collision between pop culture and politics, this before social media was born. ‘raise the stakes. Paul Michael Glaser directed the original and Schwarzenegger performed with Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, with the late Richard Dawson playing the over-caffeinated and manipulative game host who recounted a battle to the death where the contestants clashed with paid gladiators, in the context of an oppressive government sending dissidents to their deaths for huge audiences in high-tech gladiatorial matches.
Wright pulls out excellent reviews for The Sparks Brothers, the documentary he directed and which premiered last month at the Sundance Virtual Film Festival. He is replaced by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Nelson Davis; King by Paradigm and Kinberg by CAA.