SPY HUNTER is Driving Again

     June 1, 2007


“Spy Hunter” is revving up again at Universal.

“Resident Evil” and “Alien vs. Predator” director Paul W.S. Anderson will direct the big budget adaptation of the popular Midway video game that revolves around a transforming supercar called the Interceptor.

He will be working with another scribe to pen the project, which has already gone through several writers, including Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Zak Penn and Stuart Beattie.

John Woo was originally attached to helm the pic, in 2004, that will introduce the never-seen spy hunter who works for a secret government agency. He uses the gadget-packed Interceptor (that can transform from a car into a motorcycle, jet ski and submarine) to hunt down agents and thwart a shadowy terrorist org known as Nostra.

Considering the game’s been around since the 1980s’ the car’s turned into a pop culture icon and is expected to have automaker’s salivating over the chance to slap their brand’s badge on the hood.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has long been attached to play the secret agent behind the wheel of the vehicle. Whether he’ll be recast has yet to be determined.

The Rock has already starred in “Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run,” a Midway game that the company released last year. The game had been planned to come out with the “Spy Hunter” movie, but when development hit a snag, the gamemaker was forced to release the title early in order to recoup production costs.

Anderson‘s next pic is “Death Race,” which he is also directing for U. The film’s a redo of 1975’s “Death Race 2000.”

Adrian Askarieh, who has an adaptation of the vidgame “Hitman” filming at Fox, is producing the project with Chuck Gordon and Jeremy Bolt.

Askarieh and producing partner Daniel Alter also have a bigscreen version of the Eidos Interactive game “Kane and Lynch” set up at Lionsgate and comicbook adaptations “Hack/Slash” and “Lost Squad,” at Rogue Pictures, based on the Devil’s Due Publishing comicbooks.

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