Edgar Wright Adapting Stephen King’s “The Running Man”

Edgar Wright. Photo by Stephen Lovekin/BEI/REX/Shutterstock (9446176dt)

Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho is yet to come out, but he already set his eyes on another promising project. The critically acclaimed director will be in charge of adapting Stephen King’s futuristic novel The Running Man for the big screen.

Set in a dystopian future on the verge of economic collapse, King’s original novel centered on a man who decides to take part in the game show The Running Man, in which participants have to escape vicious hunters trying to kill them.

The screenplay for this adaptation will be developed by Michael Bacall, who previously collaborated with Wright on the 2010 cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. This adaptation is somewhat of a dream project for Wright, who previously told his fans on Twitter that if he could do any remake, it would be this one.

The first adaptation of The Running Man was released in 1987, with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. It was loosely based on King’s original novel, and Wright’s upcoming project is expected to be more faithful to the source material.