I don’t think that there are many old school video games which have stories potentially strong enough to support a feature film, but with its “Fast & Furious meets James Bond” vibe, the classic driving game Spy Hunter just might be able to. Warner Brothers seems to think so too, as they have just hired Carter Blanchard to take a run at the project which currently has Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Reuben Fleischer attached.
If you’re not familiar with Blanchard’s work, you’re not alone. The relative newcomer has not had any work produced yet, though his spec Glimmer was bought by DreamWorks, though it doesn’t appear as if they’re doing anything with it.
Warners has been trying to make this project work for nearly a decade now. John Woo was the first director to give it a try with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached before Paul W. S. Anderson took a run at the material. Just a few years ago Chad St. John had worked on a draft of a screenplay. It’s not clear if Blanchard is doing a polish on the St. John draft or if he is starting from scratch.