Schwarzenegger classic -“Shout it from the highest steeple, let it out to all the people”!- “The Running Man” is getting a do-over courtesy of Cornetto Trilogy helmer Edgar Wright at Paramount.
Wright has teamed with “X-Men” alum Simon Kinberg to develop a second film adaptation of Stephen King’s (as Richard Bachman) futuristic novel. This will apparently be more closer in tone to the book than the 1987 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Dawson.
Wright will co-write the story with Michael Bacall, who will also pen the script.
Kinberg produces via his Genre Films banner, alongside Nira Park from Wright’s Complete Fiction banner, and Genre Films’ Audrey Chon.
Wright, whose new film “The Sparks Brothers” debuted at Sundance, has been keen on doing a new version of “Running Man” for about four or five years.
For the unversed, it’s the story of criminals competing for their lives on reality television.
King never liked the original film version, noting that Schwarzenegger was all-wrong for the role of every man Ben Richards and that the film deviated too much from the original novel.
Interestingly enough, Schwarzenegger himself mentioned a few years ago that there was talk of a sequel to his film.