Edgar Wright to helm adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Running Man'

Washington DC, USAUpdated: Feb 20, 2021, 09:39 AM IST
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'The Running Man', published in 1982, was a dystopian horror novel, originally written under King`s pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Ace film director Edgar Wright is set to helm an adaptation of American author Stephen King`s popular novel titled `The Running Man` for Paramount Pictures.

As per Variety, Michael Bacall has penned the script from a story he co-wrote with Wright. Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon will bankroll the film for Genre Films, as will Nira Park for Wright`s company Complete Fiction.`The Running Man,` published in 1982, was a dystopian horror novel, originally written under King`s pseudonym Richard Bachman.

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The story takes place in the United States in the year 2025, which sees the economy in ruins and violence dramatically escalating. The 1982 novel follows a man who attempts to win a reality TV game where the only objective is to stay alive. The book was loosely adapted into a 1987 film that was directed by Paul Michael Glaser and starred actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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The upcoming version is expected to stay more faithful to the source material. The cast of the forthcoming film has not been decided yet. King`s novels, in genres ranging from horror and sci-fi to crime and fantasy, have been rich material for films and television shows over the past years.

Among the most successful have been `Carrie`, `The Shining`, `It` and the sequel `It: Chapter Two`. Paramount recently adapted `Pet Semetary`, based on King`s 1983 book.

Wright, whose credits include `Shaun of the Dead`, `Hot Fuzz` and `Baby Driver`, recently debuted his music documentary `The Sparks Brothers` at the virtual Sundance Film Festival. Wright`s latest movie, the psychological thriller `Last Night in Soho,` features Anya-Taylor Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, and Matt Smith. It is scheduled to debut later this year.