The director revealed that his goal was to be closer to the original novel written by Stephen King instead of Schwarzenegger’s action film.
The running man the dystopian film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, could have a new version.
This was announced by the director Edgar Wright who explained not only that the project is in active development, but that the final result will be very different from the 80s film, since they will be responsible for adapting it more closely to the original novel written by Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
The original novel, published in 1982, centers on Ben Richards, a 28-year-old man who cannot find a job in a United States that has become a totalitarian dystopia after the collapse of the global economy. With a seriously ill daughter and a wife who became a prostitute to make money, Ben comes to the Games Network, a government television station, to compete in a violent reality-style game show called The Running Man.
In this show, the contestant is declared an enemy of the state and given 12 hours of freedom before they begin to be pursued by a team of Hunters. And Richards will earn $100 for every agent and hunter hour he kills. If he survives 30 days, he could receive a billion-dollar reward.
“The Running Man is something that is in active development. Why do I care? It’s like I liked the movie but I liked the book more, and they didn’t really adapt the book. Even as a teenager, when I saw the Schwarzenegger movie, I said to myself, “Oh, this has nothing to do with the book!” » And I thought: “No one has [hecho] this book’. So when this happened, I was thinking, and Simon Kinberg said, “Are you interested in The Running Man?” I said, ‘You know what? I have often thought that this book deserved to be adapted. That doesn’t mean it’s easy! [Risas] But it’s something we’re working on, yes. I’ll tell you,” the director revealed to the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
As of now, there is no date for the project, other than the fact that script development is already underway.