Spy Hunter film adaptation back on track at Warner Bros.

Screenshot from the 2006 game Spy Hunter 3: Nowhere to Run
Screenshot from the 2006 game Spy Hunter 3: Nowhere to Run

Spy Hunter, which had been in development hell for years at Universal, is back on track for the big screen at Warner Bros., according to HeatVisionBlog.

John Woo and Dwayne Johnson were attached to direct and star, respectively, in Spy Hunter while Universal had film rights. Then Paul W.S. Anderson attempted to relight the fire on the project for the studio, but that didn’t get very far.

Now Warner Bros., which nabbed Spy Hunter as part of its acquisition of Midway Games last year, has Chad St. John, who wrote The Days Before time-traveller spec and the Outland remake for the studio, ready to pen a new script.

Sherlock Holmes producer Dan Lin will produce Spy Hunter with Roy Lee, who recently set up the high-concept Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever at Warners.

Spy Hunter was first introduced as a Midway arcade game in 1983, and follows a highly trained covert operative whose job it is to eliminate rogue agents when they become liabilities to their respective governments. His vehicle is the G-6155 Interceptor, a sports car decked out with an array of weapons that’s frequently challenged by equally tricked out enemy autos.

“Hunter,” launched by Midway , has long been a target of the film industry.