Edgar Wright To Direct THE RUNNING MAN Stephen King Adaptation For Paramount Pictures

Edgar Wright To Direct THE RUNNING MAN Stephen King Adaptation For Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures is developing reboot (or re-adaptation) of Stephen King's The Running Man, and one-time Ant-Man director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) has signed on to helm...

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) is set to direct a new adaptation of Stephen King's The Running Man for Paramount Pictures.

The sci-fi novel, which King penned under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1982, was previously adapted as a 1987 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, but this new take will not be a remake, and is expected stick much closer to the original story.

Wright will work on the story with Michael Bacall, who will then write the script. X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg will produce through his Genre Films banner, alongside Audrey Chon and Nira Park from Wright’s Complete Fiction banner.

King's book is a dystopian thriller set in the United States during the year 2025, when the nation's economy is in ruins and world violence is at an all-time high. Desperate to earn enough money to save his family, protagonist Ben Richards decides to participate in a popular - and incredibly dangerous - game show called The Running Man, which allows contestants to go anywhere in the world... while being hunted down by a team of trained killers.

No word on when production is expected to begin, but we'll be sure to keep you updated.

What do you guys make of this news? Looking forward to Wright's take on The Running Man? Drop us a comment down below.

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