Ruben Fleischer might be gearing up for SPY HUNTER

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After ten years of development hell, it looks like Spy Hunter is once again ready to escape that production purgatory that it’s been stuck in for so long now. Based on a 1983 video game, the film project had attached names such as Dwayne Johnson to star in the fast and furious transforming car pic, with John Woo directing. That eventually fell through, until 2009, when Warner Bros acquired Midway Games, a gear shift that has allowed Ruben “Zombieland” Fleischer to sign up to direct the flick.

Fleischer will also be executive prodcing, according to Vulture, and will most likely bring in a new script to replace the one that was originally written by Chad St John, although it’s uncertain at this point whether the St John script will be rewritten or scrapped entirely.

Back in 2010, THR described the film project as being about  “a highly trained spy whose job it is to eliminate rogue agents when they become liabilities to their governments. He travels in the G-6155 Interceptor, a sports car tricked out with an array of weapons that frequently is challenged by enemy vehicles.”

So kind of like Knight Rider, but with more smackdowns and taste-removing slaps to the mouth, when the Rock was still involved. Zombieland was a stylish debut from Fleischer, that combined heart, action and chills with a clever script and Bill Murray, and while the events of the Aurora shooting has pushed back Gangster Squad to next year in order to film some more politically correct scenes, it’ll be interesting to see how exactly Fleischer handles both high speed action and visual effects, without losing track of the story.

Last Updated: September 26, 2012

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