We’ve all seen 1987’s The Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards, the wrongfully accused soldier forced to risk his life in a Richard Dawson-run game show. The movie is classic Arnold – spewing one-liners as he dispatches the likes of Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Jim Brown and Toru Tanaka.
What a lot of people don’t know is that the movie, while awesomely entertaining, doesn’t really have much in common with the source material. Written by Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, the Ben Richards of the novel is just a guy trying to figure out how to keep his family from starving to death during the economic collapse of the United States in 2025 (uh-oh). The game is different too in that the contestant has to stay alive and avoid the Hunters over the course of 30 days, and the contestant gets prize money for each hour that he lives plus additional monies for kills he makes while he’s on the run; if he stays alive for the entire 30 days, he will receive a billion dollars.
That is the story that Paramount Pictures wants to bring to life and, according to a report from Deadline, they’ve hired Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) to direct and co-write the story alongside Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World).
We’re very interested to see how this goes and will keep you all updated on any news of The Running Man as it comes available.