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BUZZ: ‘The Running Man’ In The Works At Paramount Pictures

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Coming in fresh from Deadline and Mike Fleming Jr, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel, The Running Man, written under the bestselling horror author’s pseudonym Richard Bachman, is underway at Paramount Pictures.

Edgar Wright is onboard to direct the upcoming feature, while Michael Bacall writes the script. The project was originally brought about by Simon Kinberg, who will produce.

The first film adaptation of the dystopian novel came about in 1987, directed by Paul Michael Glaser and written by Steven E. de Souza. The Running Man featured the biggest action star at the time, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who along with co-star Maria Conchita Alonso, would give audiences a fun, thrilling and violent action flick that was ultimately nothing like the book written by the bestselling king of horror.

The story will be helmed by both Wright and Bacall, and Wright did say that his new adaptation of The Running Man, will stick closer to the source material written by King, more so than the previous 1987 film did.

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