The G-6155 Interceptor will wheel its way onto the silver screen, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday.
The studio is moving forward with an adaptation of the classic "Spy Hunter" franchise, and has tapped "Zombieland" and "Gangster Squad" director Ruben Fleischer to direct. Carter Blanchard has been brought onto the project to write the script. Blanchard is a relative unknown, and only has two episodes of the failed "Good vs. Evil" TV show and the upcoming "Glimmer" under his belt.
It's too early to say what look and style the movie will have, if it ever gets off the ground and into production. In 2003, fresh off the Playstation 2 and Xbox reboot, Midway Games licensed Universal Studios to produce and distribute a movie. Hong Kong action legend John Woo signed on to direct and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was set to star. Midway even commissioned a game adaptation of the movie starring Johnson's likeness, "Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run." Script rewrites ultimately forced Woo to abandon the project, and Johnson soon left after "Resident Evil" helmer Paul W. S. Anderson was brought in to direct. After the project fell apart, it was ultimately moth balled until Midway's bankruptcy.
Warner Bros.' video game arm, Warner Bros Interactive Entertaiment, swooped in and bough the rights to Midway's catalog, and have been busy ever since. The studio greenlight and financed the "Mortal Kombat Legacy," along with a subsequent second season, which is in production now. It's also working on a feature adaptation of the gory fighter.
The "Spy Hunter" series -- even the reboot trilogy -- has never had much of a story. It's always been focused on a 1960s "James Bond" style of spies versus spies with the Interceptor -- a high-tech car with machine guns, oil slicks, missiles and smoke screens at its disposal -- at its core with the music of classic private eye TV show "Peter Gunn" playing in the background.